Take Action Today to Protect Bristol Bay
Pebble Mine, a proposal to build the largest open pit mine in North America, is back in the news. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a draft environmental impact statement for the mine recently, and it is simply unrealistic. The document doesn’t adequately address long-term storage of millions of tons of mine waste that will be toxic forever. Giant waste piles don’t belong in the headwaters of the world’s greatest remaining salmon fishery.
The mine project location is Bristol Bay - a salmon stronghold and economic powerhouse in Alaska. The Bristol Bay fishery supports people and industries that extend nationally and internationally. Producing nearly 50 percent of the world’s sockeye salmon, Bristol Bay supplies individual households and urban eateries with wild and healthy fish.
Nearly 8,000 commercial and sport fishermen from Washington, Oregon and California are employed through the robust and growing fish-based economies that Bristol Bay hosts. This region is on the top of the bucket list for anglers from California’s Bay Area and worldwide.