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Bristol Bay the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery. It harbors many types of wild life & is the livelihood for many villages along it.
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Pebble Mine

Pebble Mine | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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Article explains the dangers the mine could have on the area such as 10.8 billion tons of waste rock, an open pit 4,000 feet deep and 3.2 miles wide, nine miles of dams to impound 2.5 billion tons of toxic waste, acid mine drainage.  It also states that extreme weather could cause dam failures causing catastrophic impacts to the bay.

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Where Water is Gold: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine by Carl Johnson - Visual Arts - USA Projects - Artist Fundraising & Advocacy

Where Water is Gold: Bristol Bay and the Pebble Mine by Carl Johnson - Visual Arts - USA Projects - Artist Fundraising & Advocacy | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
This photo project explores the key conservation issue facing Alaska today: the development of the Pebble Mine upstream of Bristol Bay.
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Here we learn Bristol Bay supplies the US with 50% of the seafood it consumes and 40% of the world's Sockeye Salmon. This industry provides jobs for 75% of the people living there. The Pebble mine would give jobs to 100% of the people living in this region.  

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rmrs_p049_035_044.pdf

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Great paper on the Salmon Ecosystem of Bristol Bay. It gives an economic value to the salmon ecosystem, which is of course the main way of life for the people who live there as well as a source of life for different plants and animals. The valuation includes all types of fishing (commercial and sport). It shows how lives are dependent on the water staying pristine. There is map of the Kvichak River system in the bay were they largest run of sockeye salmon is, a table that shows harvest data, another that shows residents and communities in the area of the bay. Another table shows the permits held for the different types of fish and the earnings from those fish and one that shows us total number of jobs in the area. To me this report shows us how dependent the people are of the ecosystem in this area. 

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Geography Analysis of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska

Geography Analysis of Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
Complete geography analysis of Bristol Bay Borough, AK provided by Citymelt.com.
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Bristol Bay Borough has a vast land scape with many geographic features. This webpage gives a rundown of area features in Bristol Bay Borough. It gives us the number of Bars, Bays, Bends, Capes, Channels, Cliffs, Falls, Flats, Gaps, Islands, Lakes, Populated places, Reserves, Streams, Summits, Towers and Vallys.

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Save Bristol Bay

Save Bristol Bay | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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This is a trailer for a documentary called Red Gold. The trailer does a good job of showing how people on both sides of the issue feel. Some feel it will destroy their way of life. Others feel it will help them. It also contains an interview with the CEO of the company who wants the mine.

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mining-footprint_lg.jpg (800x640 pixels) | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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This map shows the area were the mining company would be and where they would mine.

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Bristol Bay Lodge - At home in the wilderness.

Bristol Bay Lodge - At home in the wilderness. | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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The bay also brings in tourists from around the world that enjoy fishing. 

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Pebble Partnership: Project - Facts & FAQs

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This is a FAQ from the Pebble Project site and gives more in-depth information on what the company is looking at doing and not doing as well as were the mine would be.

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Sir Mark Moody gets cold reception in Dillingham, Alaska

Sir Mark Moody, chairman of Anglo American, visited Dillingham, Alaska for a meeting with the residents about the Pebble Mine proposal. It didn't go so well ...

Via Catherine Knott
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The Chairman of one of the companies who wish to put a mine in is greeted by residents who protest the mine. I think this video is important because you can see his smirk and that he is almost laughing at these people as though he does not care.

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Bristol Bay: Through the heart of a local fisherman: Gary Cline at TEDxMonterey

Gary is a life-long Alaskan resident, commercial fishermen, and subsistence harvester. He was raised in the remote region of Bristol Bay where his moral beli...
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This is a great video that gives an overview of the area: the good, the bad, and the issues of the bay. The gentleman in this video lives in a town on the bay. He talks about his tribe and the people’s beliefs about how they are to treat the land and the resources they have. They do not waste anything. We learn they have just begun adding technology to the area. The cost of living near the bay is very high. For example, it costs over 9 dollars for a gallon of milk. The bay is the area's best and in many cases only source of food. We also learn it is one of the most pristine and cleanest water ways in the world. He talks about how companies want to exploit the land and bay and how this can hurt the environment. He says 80% of the population is against this. He talks not just about the mining companies but off-shore oil development. We learn that these companies will bring more money to the area but to the people the land is more important then money.

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Bristol Bay girl combines passions for fish and pastry

Bristol Bay girl combines passions for fish and pastry | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
The soon-to-be senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School was nominated for a Spirit of Youth Award for her efforts advocating for Alaska’s wild fish. And she can bake a dandy pastry. 
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I like this article because it shows the importance of the bay even to the youth of the area. They are also worried that mining could not only hurt the environment but their way of life. It is nice to see young people being concerned and getting involved.

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2012_9_BBSalmon_Aicher.pdf

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Another threat to the bay and its ecosystem is climate change. This document shows what has already happened. Several graphs show the temperature difference in the watersheds. Great information on how it effects everything in the area. 

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Op-ed: Proposed Pebble mine in Alaska deserves a hearing

Op-ed: Proposed Pebble mine in Alaska deserves a hearing | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
If the developers can prove the mine will safely coexist with Bristol Bay’s salmon, they should be allowed to proceed, writes guest columnist Abe Williams.
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One of the few articles I could find about someone who does not vehemently appose Pebble mine. He speaks about the economic issues the area is facing. There are no opportunities to make money in the winter and many people are leaving in search of work. and Schools are closing and villages are dying out. He feels that the mine may help to provide jobs with reliable incomes year round. He does not say he is in favor of the Pebble mine, only that he feels he and others should research the question and not just react without having all the facts.

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Bristol Bay - Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine

Bristol Bay - Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
Alaska's Choice, Salmon or Gold: If built, a huge mine would transform Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopardizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery.
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National Geographic photos showing places like the Wood River Mountains, the Igushik River going through the tundra of Togial National Wildlife Refuge, the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, and many other beautiful landscapes that are a part of Bristol Bay. Photos also show exploratory drill pumps looking for the Pebble deposit, places where the mine would be located and people and fish in the area.

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Bristol Bay Borough QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

Bristol Bay Borough QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
Frequently requested statistics for Bristol Bay Borough.
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Census information about the people living in Bristol Bay Borough. Shows that people living there make an average of 11,000 more a year than other parts of Alaska. Also the poverty rate is 3% less than the rest of the state. Most likely this has to do with the Salmon fishing industry. 

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bristol_bay_ak_lg.jpg (762x594 pixels)

bristol_bay_ak_lg.jpg (762x594 pixels) | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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Great map of Alaska showing where Bristol Bay is located.

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BBNA Home Page

BBNA Home Page | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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The bay is home to more than 31 different tribes. The native bay association helps to provide education, jobs and provide a unified voice for the natives living on the bay. This also lists all the tribes along the bay.

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In Alaska Salmon Fishing Helps Support More Than The Local Economy - Everyday Fly Fishing

In Alaska Salmon Fishing Helps Support More Than The Local Economy - Everyday Fly Fishing | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
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This article talks about how the bay is home to many kinds of wildlife as well as being a source on income for many people living in the area.

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Not Your Grandfathers Copper Mine

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In this video the CEO of the Pebble Project talks about wha the project is: a exploration of the land to see if they can safely mine the land without hurting the environment. He talks about the methods they are using and the number of scientists involved. He states that they will not go through with the project if it can not be done safely and without damaging the environment. 

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Akutaq

Diana Gamechuk of Manakotak, AK gives us a lesson on how to make Eskimo Ice Cream in her kitchen.
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Akutaq is Eskimo ice cream. Made with Crisco, sugar and berries or greens found near the bay. It shows the importantance of the bay for food other than fish. The ladies in the video talks about how important these traditions are to their people.

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Report Details Risks of Proposed Mine Near Alaska's Bristol Bay

Bristol Bay, in Southwestern Alaska, is the home of one of the world’s largest runs of Sockeye salmon. In fact, all five types of salmon spawn in the bay’s
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This article point out that the state makes over 100 million a year from fishing permits on Bristol Bay alone. It also talks about an EPA study showing how the mine could impact the environment. Although this article does not get into the report, it has the reactions from both the Alaskan Attorney General and the mining company both of which are unhappy with the results of the report. 

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Bristol Bay - National Geographic Magazine

Bristol Bay - National Geographic Magazine | Alaska's Bristol Bay | Scoop.it
Alaska's Choice, Salmon or Gold: If built, a huge mine would transform Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, possibly jeopardizing the world’s richest sockeye salmon fishery.
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This article talks about Bristol Bay and gives a great description of the area. The author talks about the waterways and the villages. Even with the villages the area remains largely untouched. There are no highways, dams, or power lines. It is home to the world’s largest run of Sockeye Salmon and also contains a large variety of other fish. However Bristol Bay also has what is believed to be the world’s largest deposit of gold and one of the largest copper deposits. Two companies want to put in an underground mine to harvest these. Many feel this will destroy the waters and the environment. Others argue both the mine and environment can coexist and the mine could bring much needed economic benefits to the area. 

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