May 2019 Pebble Mine Update

This week we are celebrating a small victory in the fight against Pebble Mine! Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, the public comment period has been extended an extra 30 days!

At Pride of Bristol Bay, we believe it is essential to celebrate the small victories within this fight of our lives to protect Bristol Bay. The whole Bristol Bay community– you included!– now has until June 29th to collect as many signatures as we can to tell the Army Corps of Engineers that their Draft EIS statement is insufficient and send a strong signal that we believe in the environmental sustainability of Bristol Bay. You can do that right now, click here!

Significantly, this is also encouraging news coming from the Alaska Senatorial offices of Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, who have both been previously wishy-washy on the Pebble Mine issue. It is hopeful that both have spoken out with this concern, and we will continue to pressure them to listen to the majority of their constituents during the next year or more of this process.

That being said, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay (CFBB) are demanding more and calling this skinny 30-day extension a “slap in the face.” CFBB Representative and Dillingham resident Holly Wysocki shared the following in the Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay press release.

“An extra 30 days does nothing to change the fact that Pebble’s federal permitting process is fundamentally flawed, including a Draft EIS with unacceptable information gaps. There is not enough real substance in the Draft EIS to warrant this process moving forward any further, which is why Bristol Bay’s commercial fishermen continue to request that the Army Corps suspend this process until our questions and concerns are addressed,” said Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay representative and local resident Holly Wysocki. “We risk our lives fishing each summer in Bristol Bay; the least we deserve is a fair and rigorous permitting process.”

Learn more about Holly and her family in this video. We look forward to sharing more fishermen’s stories with you this spring and summer. Submit your comment today! Additionally, we have extended the sale of our Wildly Devoted Dinner Box. Order one today and join us in being Wildly Devoted. We threw a dinner party and had a great time – time to plan that June BBQ to bring friends and family together around this important issue. Eat well and bring meaning to your meal.

Wildly Devoted Salmon Lovers,

With 2019 well underway, Pride of Bristol Bay is celebrating another successful year of business. From the very beginning, we’ve prioritized sustainably fishing for sockeye salmon in beautiful Bristol Bay, AK, along with serving a growing, loyal community. We’ve also maintained the highest standards for selling salmon and customer service. It has been an honor and a privilege to share Pride of Bristol Bay with our customers.

Strengthening alongside our business is our devotion to wild salmon and the pristine environment that supports them. From the original trip to Alaska on a whim — to agreeing to captain a boat, to getting a permit, and finally acquiring the F/V Ava Jane – we have always understood that investing in the fishery is equally as important to investing in the environment. But beyond passion, conservation of the environment is also driven by economics. Fishing in Bristol Bay demonstrates the area’s worth, and protecting this sacred space is of utmost importance.

Bristol Bay

A Reminder to Help Save Bristol Bay!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the incredible fishing season we’re having in Bristol Bay this year. We’re on track to harvest a record number of salmon returning to this pristine region as they have for generations. Simply put, Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to one of the last great salmon fisheries on the planet and it’s up to us to ensure it stays that way. Maybe you’re thinking…haven’t we already done that? Unfortunately not yet.

The EPA is now working to erase the critical protections we have already supported for Bristol Bay time and time again. Just this week, an official EPA comment period has opened and they need to hear from you.

Please take a moment to submit your official comment to the EPA and tell them to stand with American jobs and communities, and NOT withdraw their proposed protections for Bristol Bay.

The salmon, wildlife, people, and jobs of Bristol Bay are STILL threatened by the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine. The EPA needs to hear again that hundreds of thousands of people across America STILL support protections for wild salmon in Bristol Bay.

Click here to submit your official comment to the EPA and tell them that Bristol Bay is too important to risk.

Thank you,

The Folks at Pride of Bristol Bay and Save Bristol Bay

Pebble Mine

Good Morning Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Lovers

Good Morning Bristol Bay Wild Salmon Lovers,

It is going to a beautiful day in Bristol Bay. As we prepare our boats and nets for the 2017 harvest that will soon bring rich, red sockeye fillets to your table, there is a CRISIS looming.

For the past decade our friends at Alaska Region Trout Unlimited have been tireless advocates for the cold water fisheries habitat in the Bristol Bay watershed. Their Save Bristol Bay campaign has been the foundation of a national collaboration of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of individual stakeholders that want nothing more than stewardship and responsible management for the world class wild salmon resource in Bristol Bay. The proposed Pebble Mine and all the associated impacts of developing a huge, hard rock sulfide, open pit mine in the watershed put the core asset of Bristol Bay; it amazing wild salmon resource at significant risk.

Through the pubic process the EPA has received over 1.5 million comments with the same clear message: Pebble mine never, Bristol Bay forever. The EPA listened and took steps to ensure Bristol Bay salmon, jobs, and culture would be protected from Pebble.

Unfortunately, the EPA and The Pebble Partnership, influenced by the agenda of the current administration, recently made a deal that could undo the proposed protections for Bristol Bay that so many of us requested and Bristol Bay so desperately needs.

Administrator Pruitt needs to be reminded that the majority of Alaskans and millions of Americans who enjoy wild, Bristol Bay salmon do not want the region to be destroyed by Pebble mine. PLEASE Tell the EPA today: DO NOT rollback the proposed protections for Bristol Bay.

Please tell EPA’s administrator, Scott Pruitt, NOT to silence the voices of millions of Americans. Send your message by clicking here.

You can also contact The EPA director Puitt by phone via phone (202.564.4700) or you can send a letter/email like: 

Dear Administrator Pruitt:

More than 1.5 million Americans wrote to the EPA asking for strong protections for Bristol Bay. Withdrawing the proposed determination would fly in the face of an overwhelming majority of Alaskans and put the short-term interests of a foreign mining company above thousands of American jobs. We are writing you today to ask that you stand with American jobs and communities and not withdraw the proposed determination.

Alaskans asked for the EPA’s involvement and for up-front protections for Bristol Bay’s jobs and fisheries. Please do not trade American businesses and jobs and our wild salmon for the shallow promises of a foreign mining company.

Signed, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________

Thank you so much for your help with this and we look forward to sharing this summer’s harvest with you in a few short months! You can stay current with the Pebble Mine issue by visiting and signing up for email updates and newsletters.


The Folks at Pride of Bristol Bay