WHAT IT IS
A Canadian mining corporation wants to create one of North America’s largest open-pit gold-copper mines within a much larger potential mining district in the headwaters of Bristol Bay. At the core of Pebble Mine complex, covering some 15 square miles, would be an open pit measuring approximately two miles long, a mile and half wide and 1,700 feet deep. Over its lifetime, it will produce 2.5 BILLION TONS of waste. The proposed Pebble Mine, which would be the first of many in the area, would include the largest dam in the world, larger than Three Gorges Dam in China, and made of earth not concrete, to hold back the toxic waste created in the mining process.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
The Pebble Mine site lies in the heart of WORLD CLASS TROUT and SALMON STREAMS, a land veined with brooks and rivulets, riddled with pools and puddles. In addition, Bristol Bay is home to the WORLD’S LARGEST commercial wild salmon fishery; many of those fish spawn in the Kvichak and other tributaries in the Iliamna Lake area.
Sport fishermen spend nearly $60 million a year to experience the prize fishing in this area. Almost every fly shop or tackle manufacturer in the world likely earns some portion of their living from people fishing in this area. The harvest and processing of Bristol Bay fish generates nearly $320 million a year and provides jobs for some 12,500 people.
Year after year, Bristol Bay produces MILLIONS OF FISH worth hundreds of millions of dollars, like no other place in the world.
The efforts to stop this mine are being supported by a very broad coalition of individual anglers, commercial anglers, lodge owners, hunters, locals who see this as a threat to their future.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
This is an issue that simply can’t wait and AFFTA encourages you to get involved in any way you can to support this effort. The links below provide just a few of many ways to get involved.