My first attempt at a fishing "short".

Friday, April 26, 2013

Bristol Bay - Wrong Mine, Wrong Place

70 permits is all that stands in the way of the Pebble Mine going in at the headwaters of one of the last remaining strongholds of wild salmon.  This may sound like a lot of hoops to jump through, but in all reality, 69 of the 70 are pretty much foregone conclusions.  Of the 70 permits required, 69 are through the state of Alaska, which has all but turned its back on wild salmon and the industry it supports.  The one remaining obstacle that is the last hope..... the ONE (yes 1) federal permit that is required to dispose of the waste and tailings.  This permitting process is overseen by the EPA and Corp of Engineers, and must therefore fall in line with the Federal Clean Water Act.  Right now the war has begun, with many battles on many fronts.  I'll be posting some information on what you can do to help in the following weeks.  In the meantime, check out the work that Alaska Fly Out is doing at  Magnetic North is a series of films that they have put together showcasing the absolute beauty, and importance, of Bristol Bay and its inhabitants, human and otherwise.  Let's get the word out.

Sharp Hooks,


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