Unprecedented bipartisan coalition discusses effort to protect Alaska’s biggest wild Salmon fishery, jobs and native culture
Unique group in Washington, D.C. all week to call on White House and federal Environmental Protection Agency
With the future of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in danger from a proposed copper and gold mine, the broad, bipartisan Save Bristol Bay coalition – ranging from Alaska Natives to commercial fishermen, chefs, jewelers, sportsmen and more –have brought their fight to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska and its sustainable salmon to Washington, D.C.
The week-long Save Bristol Bay week in Washington, D.C. includes:
- Delivery of a letter to the EPA from 200 chefs and restaurant owners around the country
- Visits to congressional members
- Bristol Bay wild salmon served at more than 20 D.C.-area restaurants
- A Congressional Reception with honorary hosts Sen. Mark Begich (R-AK),Sen. Maria Cantwell (D- WA) and New York Times best-selling author Paul Greenberg.
- For the full schedule of events and information, please visit www.savebristolbay.org
Hear firsthand from Alaska Natives and campaign leaders in D.C. this week about their call on the White House and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to protect their jobs and way of life.
What: National telepress conference to urge the federal Environmental Protection Agency to protect Bristol Bay
Who: Paul Greenberg, New York Times writer and author of “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food”
Peter Andrew, Alaska Native leader, commercial and subsistence fisherman
Bob Waldrop, commercial fishing group representative
Rick Halford, former Alaska State Senate President, sportsman and guide
When: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 1 p.m. EST, 9 a.m. AK
For more information, contact:
Kristin Dizon, 206-631-1989, or KristinD@strategies360.com
Lesley Rogers, 206-334-1483, or LesleyR@strategies360.com