Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay
Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association
Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen applauded the statement that former Vice President and presidential candidate, Joe Biden, released on August 8th saying that Bristol Bay “is no place for a mine” and that as president he would protect Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble Mine.
“With the final record of decision on Pebble Mine drawing near, we are so thankful for the recent recognition that Bristol Bay is more than a partisan issue and it is time to make a choice. As fishermen, we are grateful Joe Biden views Bristol Bay as a national source of not just nutritious wild salmon, but also more than 14,000 domestic jobs and an irreplaceable way of life. The time has come for strong leadership in Washington D.C. to support an EPA veto to stop Pebble Mine once and for all,” said Katherine Carscallen, Executive Director of Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay.
“By pledging to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine, Biden isn’t just doing what’s best for the fish. He’s doing what’s best for America’s hard-working families who depend on Bristol Bay for their livelihoods and the thousands of businesses around the country that depend on Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon. There is broad public opposition to this particular mining project across the political spectrum. The environmental review process left far too many questions unanswered, and we hope that our federal leadership will act in accordance with the will of Alaskans and other Americans,” said Andy Wink, Executive Director of Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.
For more than a decade, Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen have been fighting to stop the Pebble Mine — a proposed massive open-pit gold and copper mine located in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay’s fishing industry leaders recently called on the Trump Administration EPA to veto the Pebble Mine based on the well-documented science showing that it would harm the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay is a national coalition of fishermen working to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and the 14,000 jobs, $500 million in annual income, and $1.5 billion in economic activity that Bristol Bay’s wild salmon provide.
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association’s (BBRSDA) mission is to maximize the value of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery for the benefit of its members.