Day for Bristol Bay Raises over $100,000 to Protect Bristol Bay

Photo: Dave McCoy

In August, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association held a “Day for Bristol Bay.” The event brought fly fishing manufacturers, lodges, guides, anglers, and more together in a fundraising effort to help support the fight to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska.

As a result of the collective effort, the Bristol Bay Defense Fund received more than $100,000 to help fight against Pebble Mine. These funds are critical, and the work that the Bristol Bay Defense Fund is doing is vital to saving Bristol Bay. And the fight is ongoing and as intense as ever. In their thank you letter, the BBDF states:

“As we head into the next few critical months of the effort, the funding you have raised for our campaign will be crucial. We have waves of fishermen, guides, lodge owners and others who rely on the waters of Bristol Bay, heading back to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and other decision makers. Questions will continue to be raised regarding potential inappropriate activity surrounding the timing of information releases to manipulate Pebble’s stock price. We will be hiring technical experts from a wide array of disciplines to identify the flaws and gaps in the Army Corps environmental analysis and we are turning up the pressure on key lawmakers like Senator Lisa Murkowski. Having the resources that we need for paid television, digital and print ads to ensure she knows the consequences of her decisions on this issue makes a big difference for our campaign.”

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Photo: Brian O’Keefe

To learn more about the Bristol Bay Defense Fund, please click here.

And to learn more about the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, please click here.