Slow Food Hosts

Slow Food Hosts the Second Annual WyoAlaska Salmon Stock-up

A salmon dinner at the People’s Market and an opportunity to order sustainable wild Alaskan salmon delivered direct to Jackson
September 13, 4-7PM
At the base of Snow King during the People’s Market

Slow Food in the Tetons will host a salmon stock up event to help the community buy wild sustainable net-to-table sockeye salmon direct from an Alaskan fisherman. Slow Food works with a small family business called Pride of Bristol Bay to deliver bulk salmon to Jackson.

Locals should attend the People’s Market on September 13th between 4-7pm to place an order for frozen salmon that is delivered straight from Alaska. While at the market, enjoy a grilled salmon dinner to support Slow Food in the Tetons prepared by Slow Food staff and volunteers.

“The fleet of Bristol Bay fishermen harvest wild sockeye salmon and are fiercely dedicated to the very highest quality standards at every point of harvest and delivery.” Matt Luck of Pride of Bristol Bay.

The salmon pick-up will take place on September 23rd between 10am- 4pm at the Jackson Whole Grocer. The day before the salmon pickup, on September 22nd, the Jackson Hole Grocer will host a $5 salmon lunch also to benefit Slow Food in the Tetons.

“Our aim to help bring good quality food to our community while supporting sustainable food production. We feel fortunate to be working with Matt Luck and Pride of Bristol Bay again this year to bring in wild sustainable sockeye salmon at a good price” says Scott Steen Executive Director for Slow Food in the Tetons.

Pride of Bristol Bay is deeply involved in efforts to protect a Bristol Bay, a world-class pristine fishery and ecosystem from extractive industries that pose a series and eminent threat to its health and wellbeing and to the way of life of the people who depend on this resource.

Learn more about Pride of Bristol Bay at https://prideofbristolbay.com/
Learn more about Slow Food in the Teton at tetonslowfood.org
Learn more about threats to Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine at www.savebristolbay.org

Contact:
Scott Steen
Executive Director
scott@tetonslowfood.org

Pride of Bristol Bay

SAVOR BRISTOL BAY | SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Simply put, Bristol Bay is an amazing place. We are back on terra firma and the 2017 fishing season has come to an end. The river systems in Bristol Bay are literally teeming with spawning wild Sockeye Salmon. Combined, the major river systems; Naknek, Kvichak, Alagnak, Ugashik, Egegik, Wood and Nushagak rivers have close to 19 million Sockeye digging redds, depositing eggs and milt, carrying out a natural cycle that that has been repeated year after year for centuries.

SAVOR BRISTOL BAY SAVE BRISTOL BAY

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

The fishing season itself was glorious, exciting, hectic, frenzied and downright exhausting. Every year the Sockeye enter Bristol Bay in a different pattern and this year was no exception. At one point in early July there was a 4-day period during which the cumulative daily catch and escapement into the river systems exceeded 3 million fish! To put this in perspective; the total catch and escapement for the entire Copper River Sockeye salmon fishery for the 2017 season was around 1.4 million fish. 59 million wild Sockeye returned to Bristol Bay.

Bristol Bay

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

At Pride of Bristol Bay our message to all wild salmon lovers is; Savor Bristol Bay and Save Bristol Bay. This year’s wild sockeye fillets and portions are as beautiful as ever. Whether you fill your freezer through one of our buying clubs or have our Bristol Bay Sockeye delivered to your door when we launch our home delivery program this September, every pound of wild salmon we sell will generate a donation to the Save Bristol Bay campaign. The campaign raises awareness, educates and advocates for one of the world’s greatest cold water fishery habitats on behalf of me, you and every stakeholder. So, when your Savoring our wild Sockeye fresh off the grill, don’t take that privilege for granted, and when dinner’s over take a minute and visit www.savebristolbay.org and learn how you can help keep this amazing resource healthy and robust for generations to come.

Photo Credit: Bob Waldrop

Salmon Fishing

What You Need to Know About Bristol Bay

Did you know that the Bristol Bay watershed supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world? It’s located in southwestern Alaska and has six major river basins. The two largest are the Nushagak River—also known as ‘Nush’—and the Kvichak River. Together, they compose about 50% of the total watershed area. The other four river basins are the Togiak River, Naknek River, Egegik River, and the Ugashik River. Combined, these waterways are key in supporting sockeye salmon.

AlaskaThe Bristol Bay region is also home to numerous other animals, including 29 fish species, over 190 different types of birds, and more than 40 earthbound mammals. Chief among these resources is the world-class commercial and sport fishery for Pacific salmon. The watershed includes all five species of Pacific salmon found in North America: sockeye, coho, Chinook, chum, and pink. For us, harvesting sockeye salmon is the most successful and plentiful in the region.

Bristol Bay has a true claim to wild salmon as there aren’t any hatchery fish raised or released in the watershed. In essence, these fish are anadromous —meaning, they hatch and rear in freshwater systems, migrate to the sea to grow into adults, and return to freshwater systems to spawn and eventually pass away.

Like we previously mentioned, the most abundant salmon species in the watershed is sockeye salmon. Evidently, Bristol Bay supports the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world; it contains over 45% of the global myriad of wild sockeye salmon! According to the EPA, between 1990 and 2010, the yearly average upstream sockeye salmon run in Bristol Bay was approximately 37.5 million fish. The annual commercial harvest of sockeye salmon—over that same period of time—averaged 27.5 million, with half of the sockeye salmon production coming from the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers.

In the Bristol Bay region, salmon composes an average of 52% of the subsistence harvest. Subsistence from all sources (fish, moose, and other wildlife) accounts for an average of 80% of the protein ingested by the surrounding area’s residents.

This goes without saying, but exploring the Bristol Bay area (by land or by sea) is the best way to fully digest its sprawling landscape and unique ecosystem. Whether you come for its natural beauty or for the 2018 salmon season, it’s an experience of a lifetime.

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

King Salmon Alaska

Charlies Boat Yard

June 12, 2017
Charlies Boat Yard
King Salmon, Alaska

Every year, two migrations take place in Bristol Bay. During the first migration, thousands of skippers, crewmen, and cannery workers make their way to two locations in Alaska: King Salmon and Dillingham. A few weeks later, they prepare for the second migration as tens of millions of wild, sockeye salmon return to their natal rivers.  

The Fishermen

King Salmon AlaskaAs summer makes her debut, boat prep work begins in Bristol Bay. In order to harvest tens of millions of wild sockeye salmon, approximately 1,400 boats will be cleaned, prepped, and prepared for this coming season. Crews in every boatyard will scrape, wire brush, paint, replace worn hydraulic hoses, repair nets, and load groceries. Needless to say, there are plenty of bloody knuckles to go around. As old acquaintances are renewed and a story or two is told, a trip to the market or marine store inevitably takes longer than expected. Over time, though, conversations change. As the season gets closer, an underlying tone of earnesty can be felt as captains radio their crew members to discuss which river system they will choose to fish.

From start to finish, the entire process of trekking to Alaska, prepping our boats, and eventually throwing our nets into the water, is an annual ritual unlike anything else in the world. Quite simply, it is what we do and we love it!

The Biologists

King Salmon AlaskaWithout a doubt, it is difficult to summarize the importance of Alaska’s fisheries in one short paragraph. Suffice to say, there are countless men and women who make Alaskan salmon fishing possible: the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), regional and district managers, fish techs, counting tower and sonar operators, as well as their office staff, are the true stewards of the Bristol Bay wild salmon resource. For decades in the past—and continuing today—they have built a science-based management regime that is the poster child for responsible fisheries’ management planning, implementation, and stewardship.

Furthermore, these are not your typical government workers. Need a cup of coffee at 5 a.m. on July 4th? Every district biologist is at his or her desk, pouring over harvest and escapement numbers, answering phone calls, writing opening announcements, communicating with test fish boats, counting towers, and completing other tasks; best of all, their doors are always open. Fishermen are able to casually ask questions, voice concerns, etc. The major fish companies, who are responsible for buying and processing hundreds of millions pounds of wild sockeye salmon, rely heavily on constant communication with fisheries managers. As it turns out, they often make split-second decisions regarding their fishing and tendering fleet.

In essence, commitment and passion best describe how ADFG carries out their work in Bristol Bay. Every stakeholder has a brighter future because of their unwavering dedication.

Follow us on FB and Instagram and we’ll keep you informed as the 2017 season unfolds. Back to work for now!

— The Folks at Pride of 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 www.savebristolbay.org and signing up for email updates and newsletters.

Best,

The Folks at Pride of Bristol Bay