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Today, the Environmental Protection Agency used its Clean Water Act authority to put protections in place for Alaska’s Bristol Bay that effectively stop the Pebble Mine.  The agency placed limits on mine waste disposal in the rivers, streams and wetlands of Bristol Bay that will protect the largest and most productive wild salmon fishery on Earth. 

For over a decade, Bristol Bay Tribes, commercial fishermen and conservation organizations have urged the EPA to create durable protections for the Bristol Bay watershed to protect the salmon fishery. We are elated to celebrate this landmark victory.

The stakes couldn’t be higher. 

Bristol Bay’s epic salmon runs are the ecological, cultural and economic backbone of the region, generating $2.2 billion in annual economic activity that supports 15,000 jobs, producing half of the world’s sockeye salmon, and sustaining a subsistence-based way of life for one of the last intact wild salmon-based cultures in the world.  

Grizzly bear fishing for salmon in Pebble Bay

While other salmon fisheries around the globe are in decline, Bristol Bay is breaking records. In 2022, nearly 80 million sockeye salmon returned to the Bay and its rivers, breaking the previous record of 67.7 million sockeye salmon set in 2021. 

The long road to victory was paved by the leadership of Bristol Bay Tribes, and the efforts of millions of Americans, from all walks of life, who recognized the great wonder of this remarkable place. 

Over the last two decades:

Now, thanks to President Biden and the EPA, we can let out a sigh of relief knowing that this special place, its fishery, and the communities it supports from coast to coast will be protected for future generations.

Thank you, President Biden and the EPA for this momentous decision.