Fighting to Protect the Wild Salmon Fishery

Jan 16, 2014


For years a few small communities in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska have been fighting the development of a copper and gold mine that threatens the two most productive Salmon Rivers in Alaska.  Mindy Todd talks with a Bristol Bay fisherman and an employee at an Alaskan salmon cannery about the threats from the mine, how they’ve come together as a community to bring the issue all the way to Washington D.C., and why the proposed Pebble Mine is an issue for fisherman nationally. Brett Veerhusen, Federal Fisheries Coordinator for Commercial Fisherman for Bristol Bay, Sarah Schumann, employee in an Alaskan Salmon Cannery and activist, and Laura Orleans, Folklorist and Director of the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, are the guests on the program.