Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sportsmen Speak up for Bristol Bay

This is taken from the TRCP website, I had to pass it on.
Forty hunting and angling leaders from 17 states traveled to the nation’s capital to press Congress and the Obama Administration to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and its unrivaled salmon fishery from the proposed Pebble Mine. The sportsmen delivered a letter to the Obama Administration from more than 500 hunting and angling groups around the country who want the EPA to take action under the Clean Water Act to conserve Bristol Bay.
“Bristol Bay is exactly the kind of place that Theodore Roosevelt was talking about when he said it’s our responsibility to conserve great habitat and wildlife,” said Whit Fosburgh, President and CEO of the TRCP. “Protecting Bristol Bay is a bipartisan issue, with supporters ranging from catch and release anglers to big game hunters.”

Bristol Bay in Southwestern Alaska is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon run. Fed by nine major rivers and a wetland the size of Kentucky, Bristol Bay supports 12,000 commercial fishing and industry jobs, and more than 800 sport fishing and tourism jobs. The Pebble Mine, pursued by two foreign corporations, would be 20 times larger than all of the mines in Alaska combined, and would produce up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste that must be treated and stored in perpetuity.
Whit Fosburgh TRCP
“Sportsmen and women across the country are saying no to the Pebble Mine,” said Tim Bristol, director of Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program. “They have made it clear that nothing less than EPA action to initiate a 404(c) process is acceptable. Opposing Pebble Mine is about the only thing that the late, conservative Senator Ted Stevens and Washington’s Senator Maria Cantwell ever agreed on, and that speaks volumes to the widespread support Bristol Bay enjoys.”
Joining the call to action is Rick Halford, who served 24 years as a Republican in the Alaska Legislature, including as Senate President and Majority Leader. Halford says he never encountered a mine he didn’t like until Pebble, because it is too risky for Bristol Bay and the fisheries it supports.