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The Need for Permanent Protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay

A Win for Tribes, Climate Action, and the Economy

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For nearly two decades, the world’s most productive wild salmon fishery—located in Bristol Bay, in southwest Alaska—has been under threat from a proposed gold and copper mine. A locally led coalition of tribes, commercial and sport fishermen, businesses, scientists, and advocates has been pushing back—and now, they’re asking the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to permanently protect the Bristol Bay watershed from the largest proposed mine in the country and other potential megamines. Permanent protections for Bristol Bay would save a critical fishery, support the regional economy and tourism, and safeguard the area’s resilience to climate change.

Please join the Center for American Progress and United Tribes of Bristol Bay for a discussion on the economic, environmental and regional importance of Bristol Bay and the urgent need for permanent protections.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #StopPebbleMine. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

In conversation:
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA)
Christy Goldfuss, Senior Vice President, Energy and Environment Policy, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Alannah Hurley, Executive Director, United Tribes of Bristol Bay
Katherine Carscallen, Director, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay
Richard Borden, Scientist and mining permitting expert

Moderator:
Christy Goldfuss, Senior Vice President, Energy and Environment Policy, Center for American Progress