What’s at stake
Bristol Bay, home to the greatest remaining salmon fishery in the world, is in grave danger. One of the globe’s largest mining conglomerates wants to put an enormous open pit mine at the headwaters of the Bay. No large copper mine on earth has been developed without destroying the waters around it and no such mine has ever been developed in a place like Bristol Bay.
The Bristol Bay headwaters support the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. Additionally, the surrounding area is home to world-class rainbow trout, the third largest caribou herd in Alaska, moose and brown and black bears. If the Pebble Mine is developed, these populations would likely be significantly depleted – if not completely eradicated from the area.
The Pebble Mine would have devastating consequences for Alaska’s salmon population and would destroy the region’s world class sport fishing opportunities, local subsistence fishing with a 10,000 year history, and a commercial fishing industry that employs 7,000 workers and generates $300 million a year.