Posts Tagged ‘Wild Salmon’

The Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska is pristine wild country stretching from the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range, across tundra and wetlands laced with rivers that flow into the Bay, providing the best wild salmon habitat on Earth.

Bristol Bay is home to some of the most premier sport fishing destinations on the globe including: the Nushagak, Mulchatna, Koktuli and Kvichak Rivers, and Talarik Creek. These vibrant, wild Alaska rivers are as productive now as they were thousands of years ago and serve as magnets for anglers from all over the world who want high-end, “once in a lifetime” fishing experiences.

As wild salmon disappear around the globe, Bristol Bay continues to produce the world’s largest sockeye salmon fisheries and one of the largest king salmon runs. The reason for this is clear – Bristol Bay’s freshwater salmon habitat is largely untouched by development and   millions of salmon continue to return to Bristol Bay each year.  However, the bay is under threat from foreign mining corporations that want to turn the watershed into an industrial mining district. North America’s largest open-pit mine is proposed for an area that straddles two of the bay’s most important salmon streams. If plans for the Pebble Mine are allowed to proceed, they risk destroying a $440 million commercial and sport salmon fishery that celebrates its 125th year in 2009.

Chances are that if you are reading this, you are not likely to be a resident of Alaska, but you can still help. All you need to do is Click Here to visit the SaveBristolBay.org Action Center and write a letter to your elected officials.

 

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