The 2018 season that just kicked off is my fifth season as a sport fishing guide in Bristol Bay. As I grew up in King Salmon, the importance of returning sockeye salmon was apparent year-round and obvious from as early as I can remember.
ANCHORAGE, AK - Trout Unlimited was sharply critical of a memo from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, released today, in which he formally asked the EPA’s water office to propose a regulation limiting the Agency's existing Clean Water Act 404(c) authority to block permits for highly destructive projects, such as the proposed Pebble Mine project in Alaska, under certain circumstances.
ANCHORAGE, AK – This morning, Northern Dynasty Minerals, the company backing the proposed Pebble mine, and potential financial backer, First Quantum Minerals, announced the two were "unable to reach agreement," and have terminated their framework agreement. The announcement means Northern Dynasty is left once again as the sole backer of the mine proposal, with four failed attempts to gain financial partnership. Hunters and anglers, tribes, commercial fishing organizations and concerned Alaskans had repeatedly called for First Quantum Minerals to abandon the partnership agreement since it was announced in December 2017.
Major thanks to Jeff Ditsworth at Pescador on the Fly for donating two rod and reel combos to be used as incentives both online and offline to grow our network of supporters for the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
Clarks Point, Alaska-- United Tribes of Bristol Bay Executive Director Alannah Hurley, and other fishing leaders thanked Alaska Governor Bill Walker’s today for his call to halt the environmental review of the proposed Pebble Mine. In a letter to the US Army Corps. of Engineers, Governor Walker requested the federal agency cease its ongoing analysis of the wildly controversial proposed Pebble Mine.
More than 35 Alaskan lodge owners, operators, and guides from Bristol Bay and elsewhere requested the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspend its review of Pebble's phase-one mine plan application until further critical information is provided.
Trout Unlimited has been working with fishermen, tribes, chefs, and thousands of others who, together, are fighting to protect the Bristol Bay region of Alaska from the proposed Pebble Mine.
As salmon runs decline globally, Bristol Bay's importance is elevated - not only as a powerhouse for wild salmon, but also the engine for local and international economies, and a world-class sportfishing destination.