Hi there, I’m Candy, a wild salmon lover and a big supporter of Pride of Bristol Bay. As we talk about the threat of Pebble Mine, I’m not sure how you feel about it, but I would hope your thoughts mirror my feelings. The possibility of losing the world’s most beautiful and plentiful sockeye salmon watershed is terrifying. So, we told our friends about it. My husband and I then hosted 12 of our friends to talk about the threat of Pebble, as well as share the bounty of Bristol Bay, Alaska.
The feedback was unanimous, “Why is this even a thought?” We heard that question quite a few times throughout the evening. So, from the moment that our first friends showed up, to the moment the last friends left, we had a great evening of educating, discussing, and indulging.
First, we heard that the smoked salmon and dip was the best our friends had ever had (Bravo, Captain Steve!). Then we heard that the salmon was the most flavorful, yet not over powering, salmon they had eaten. Not to mention the color blew most of them away. Generally speaking, everyone knew about the beauty of wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon, but to experience it in the context of the Pebble threat really put it into perspective for most.
Second, we were being asked “what can we do to help?” That answer was simple, and you can do it as well. Visit savebristolbay.org to take action and sigh up for updates so that you’re in the know, and can spread the word among your friend groups.
Question 1: Why is this even conversation today? Savebristolbay.org explains it best!
Question 2: Why in Bristol Bay? Along with being a watershed plentiful with sockeye salmon, there are also precious metals in the land around Bristol Bay.
Question 3: What is the big deal? If Pebble receives their permit and breaks ground, it would pave the way for many other mines.
Question 4: Would this mine also impact the animals in the area? Yes, Bristol Bay is huge, and is home to numerous birds of prey, brown bears, and other fish. All of which would be impacted greatly by the mine.
Question 5: How can we get more of this delicious salmon that you cooked for us tonight? Visit prideofbristolbay.com and have the choice of ordering portions or fillets, delivered directly to your door.
To sum it up, your voice does matter! We were shocked by the engagement and knowledge from our friends about Pebble. Continue to spread the word and help us fight a battle worth fighting.