Our Economy is at Stake
Bristol Bay is home to one of the most valuable commercial fisheries in the world, as well as vibrant sport fishing, hunting, tourism, and recreation. The Pebble Mine puts thousands of American jobs at risk and endangers the health of deep-rooted Alaskan industries.
- $2.2 billion annual commercial fishery
- $90 million in Alaska state taxes and licensing fees
- 15,000 fishing jobs
- 7,000 sport fishing and hunting jobs
- Thousands of full and part-time tourism and recreation jobs
Our Salmon are at Stake
Salmon are the backbone of Bristol Bay and essential for sustaining Alaska’s seafood industry. They also play a central role in the cultural and spiritual identity of the Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq peoples, and are critical to their way of life. The Pebble Mine would produce billions of tons of contaminated waste, which would destroy our salmon habitat and permanently impact the many communities and industries that depend on it.
- Nearly 60% of the world’s wild sockeye salmon harvest
- Average annual return of more than 50 million wild salmon
- One of the most prolific king salmon runs on Earth
- Internationally renowned salmon sportfishing destination
- Supports the world’s highest concentration of brown bears, which depend on the bay’s abundant salmon runs to survive
- Home to over 20 millions acres of wetlands, lakes, and streams critical for salmon spawning
Our Way of Life is at Stake
The people of Bristol Bay and Alaska depend on the bay’s irreplaceable resources to support their families. The Pebble Mine threatens the way of life of countless generations of Alaskans, particularly for the Indigenous people who have called the region home for thousands of years and are among the last intact and sustainable salmon-based cultures remaining in the world.
- Traditional territory of 31 federally recognized Yup’ik, Dena’ina, and Alutiiq tribes, all of whom rely on fishing, hunting, and gathering of wild foods for cultural and physical sustenance
- Every Bristol Bay community depends on the bay’s resources to continue a cultural legacy of living on the land. Annually, they replace up to $143.1 million in food costs through harvests of wild fish, game, and plants
- The bay has sustained generations of commercial fishing families for over 135 years
- Alaskans from across the state visit Bristol Bay to hunt, fish, and adventure every year