Policy Watch

As many of ASA’s members know, after over a decade of sportsmen’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery from a proposed mining operation called Pebble Mine, the company has begun the permitting process by submitting a proposal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That submission is open for public comment right now and ASA has been active in our coalition in getting anglers’ responses for the comment period.

We recently sent an alert through Keep America Fishing to encourage anglers to submit their comments on the mining proposal – you can view that page here if you’d like to take action and have your voice heard.

Last summer, nearly 60 million salmon returned to the rivers and lakes of the Bristol Bay region, supporting a fishing industry worth more than $1.5 billion annually, which provides a minimum of 11,500 FTE jobs. Sportsmen and women from all over the world come to the Bristol Bay region for the chance to catch trophy rainbow trout and five species of Pacific salmon, as well as to find a wild, remote Alaskan fishing experience.

ASA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Scott Gudes, recently joined commercial harvesters in writing a joint letter on our industries’ shared interest in protecting the pristine quality of Bristol Bay for its extremely valuable salmon fishery. It was recently published in Angling International and National Fisherman.

On April 2, 2018, ASA also joined over 40 other Alaskan and national fishing and hunting organizations and businesses in writing First Quantum Minerals, Inc., the company that is considering becoming the necessary financial backer to Pebble to finance permitting and construction of the mine, to express our staunch opposition to the Pebble Mine proposal.

In addition to the threats of massive habitat degradation and pollution, development of the mine would forever change the wild, untamed character of Bristol Bay, an area of stunning, largely undisturbed natural beauty that attracts visitors from all over the world.

Simply put, Pebble would be the wrong mine in the wrong place.

For more information, please contact Policy Fellow, Ashley Brinkman.