Alaska salmon: Bristol Bay opens with Pebble Mine decision pending
July 2, 2020
The biggest red salmon run in the world is building at Bristol Bay.
Up to 50 million fish could surge into its eight river systems in coming weeks, on par with past seasons. When it's all done, the fishery will provide nearly half the global supply of wild sockeye salmon.
But this summer is different.
Not only due to the restrictions and fears and economic chaos caused by Covid-19. At the height of the fishery, fishermen will learn if a massive gold and copper mine that's been hanging over their heads for two decades gets a greenlight from the federal government.
In mid-July, the U.S. ...