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.
As a fisherman and long-time Alaskan, I have asked myself many times, how can I protect the states most prized possession, wild salmon? I found my answer in the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund. Here I can make a difference by investing in protections for not only my fishery in Bristol Bay, but also fisheries throughout Alaska. As a salmon industry, we are facing greater challenges than ever before, and it is time to become involved, make a difference, and contribute to preservation of wild salmon stocks. The Alaska Wild Salmon Fund can put all contributions directly towards aggressive action on salmon protection.
At Lemongrass, our family has been dedicated to serving Fairbanks with fresh, healthy, delicious and authentic Thai cuisine for over 20 years. We believe eating is an ethical act and using the best possible ingredients. In Alaska, this means wild salmon. We support the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund because we contribute as much as we can to sustaining our natural resources. Profit and preservation should go hand in hand.
Salmon fishing, processing, and consumption has been a staple of my Alaskan identity and lifestyle since birth. I chose to invest in the Alaska Wild Salmon Fund because I understand that healthy breeding grounds are crucial to a sustainable salmon return. I appreciate knowing this fund collaborates with like-minded groups to effectively direct dollars to preservation efforts so I can continue to spend my summers feeling alive— elbow deep in fish scales, salt, and slime on our 4th generation commercial fishing operation.”
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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601 W 5th Ave, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501