Efforts by Trout Unlimited, Alaska Program, to protect Bristol Bay reached the White House this spring.
During Save Bristol Bay Week in the nation’s capital, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration heard loud and clear from a unique coalition of chefs, fishermen, Alaska Natives and others that federal officials should protect Bristol Bay from large-scale mine development. A massive copper and gold prospect called Pebble threatens the bay, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run.
As part of Save Bristol Bay week, more than 20 D.C.-area restaurants served Bristol Bay salmon all week. In addition, more than 200 chefs, retailers and leaders in the food community who want to protect Bristol Bay’s wild salmon – including Tom Colicchio, Alice Waters and Mark Bittman – also sent a letter to the EPA urging the agency to use its authority under the Clean Water Act on behalf of Bristol Bay.