FFI Conservation E-news - August 2019
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Encourage Your US Senator to Take Action!

The Pebble Mine would be one of the world’s largest open pit mines if permitted.  The Pebble deposit - a massive low-grade ore body in a seismically active and wet region – is located in Bristol Bay’s pristine headwaters; critical habitat for Bristol Bay’s salmon.  Bristol Bay is the last place in the world where wild salmon continue to thrive and it supplies nearly 50% of the world’s sockeye salmon.  Just this summer, another 55.7 million sockeye salmon returned to the river systems of Bristol Bay.   Contamination and loss of fish habitat in the Bristol Bay region would impact numerous industries, which contribute $1.5 billion annually to our nation’s economy and support 14,000 jobs.  

Save Bristol Bay

Photo Credit:  Ben Knight

Wild Salmon Population At Risk

Scientists and practitioners are meeting at the World Salmon Forum in Seattle this week to discuss how to sustain and restore remaining wild salmon populations.Fly Fishers International's Leopold Award recipients, Rick Williams, Jim Lichatowich and Jack Stanford are attending the Wild Salmon Forum to present information about how dire the situation really is.  Seattle Times shares an editorial opinion on the situation.  

Read the Seattle Times Editorial

One day. One voice. One important stand. 

On August 24th, the fly fishing community is rallying for Bristol Bay.

The fly fishing community has been fighting for over a decade to keep Pebble Mine from devastating Bristol Bay and the fisheries that sustain 14,000 jobs, a $1.5 billion dollar annual economic engine, native communities and a world-class destination to fly fish. 

On August 24th, the fly fishing community is coming together as one undeniable force in support of Bristol Bay.

Fly shops, manufacturers, guides, outfitters, lodges and more industry professionals nationwide have banded together for A Day for Bristol Bay to raise much-needed funding for the Bristol Bay Defense Fund – the front-line group that is going toe-to-toe in D.C. with the foreign mining interests behind the mine. 

We need you to shop, fish and show up for Bristol Bay on August 24th!

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