Protecting Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine
Alaska’s Bristol Bay is so much more than a place. Home to the largest sockeye salmon runs on the planet, this incredibly rich ecosystem supports not only globally important fish and wildlife populations, but is also home to over 30 indigenous Yup’ik Eskimo, Alutiiq and Athabaskan tribes who have relied on clean water and healthy salmon for thousands of years. The region’s commercial and sport fisheries support 14,000 jobs for locals and non-residents alike who descend on its rugged terrain every summer with the salmon’s return. There are few places like this left on earth where ways of life, culture, and economy depend on the continued health of habitat and fish at the scale they do in Bristol Bay. That’s why protecting the region from the continued threat of the proposed massive open-pit gold and copper mine, known as the Pebble Mine, at its headwaters is so important.
Sitka Salmon Shares is proud to bring our members sockeye salmon again this year from our partners at Kvichak Fish Company in Bristol Bay. We’re also donating a portion of your member dollars from our 1% for the Wild fund to organization’s working to protect Bristol Bay from the threat of Pebble Mine including United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Salmon State, Alaska Wild Salmon Fund, and Trout Unlimited. Learn more about how you can help at savebristolbay.org