Why and Why Now: Alaska is our last chance to get salmon conservation right. Alaska is the only remaining Salmon State in the nation – and we plan to keep it that way. Growing threats to Alaska’s salmon habitat, like renewed momentum on the Pebble Mine, requires that we all protect our wild salmon habitat and clean water resources before it’s too late.
Businesses throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond joined together during the peak of the salmon season to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska’s great salmon fishery. Participating businesses encouraged customers to buy Bristol Bay salmon to help save them – and donated a portion of their sales to the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund. Every dollar donated supported Alaskan nonprofit organizations working to protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine. To learn more about the Pebble Mine and Bristol Bay visit: www.savebristolbay.org.
Participating businesses include:
The most urgent threat to Alaska’s wild salmon is the proposed Pebble Mine. After EPA settled a lawsuit with the Pebble Partnership, Pebble filed an application for one of the major permits they’ll need to build the Pebble Mine and turn Bristol Bay into an industrial mining district. The Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing this application. Public comments can be submitted here through June 29, 2018.
In response, the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund invested resources to protect Bristol Bay, and 50% of the world’s sockeye salmon that return here to spawn and rear, from the Pebble Mine. Pebble is the wrong mine in the wrong place and the effort to stop it continues, with the Fund support much of the outreach work being conducted in Alaska.
SalmonState, working in close partnership with the Save Bristol Bay Campaign, leads the effort to mobilize the masses in opposition to Pebble. During the 90-day comment period to EPA that ended in October, they helped generate nearly 1,000,000 comments in opposition to the mine, with an astounding 26,000 of these coming from Alaskans in over 200 different communities. Moving forward, SalmonState will continue to ensure that Alaskans have a voice and combat Pebble’s deceptive public relations campaign.
The United Tribes of Bristol Bay (UTBB) is a tribal consortium working to protect the Yup'ik, Alutiiq and Dena'ina way of life in Southwest Alaska. They represent 15 Tribal governments and over 80% of the residents of Bristol Bay. Thanks to their work, When EPA held hearings in Alaska in October, over 85% of the region testified in support of protections for Bristol Bay. In 2018, they will continue to expose the facts about the Pebble project’s devastating impacts and ensure the voices of the people of Bristol Bay are reaching decision-makers in the state-and national arenas to advocate for permanent protections of the watershed.
Matt Rafferty – Project Director
Alaska Wild Salmon Fund
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