Hunters and anglers working together to preserve fish and game habitats and hunting and fishing opportunities on our public lands in Alaska.

SAA Update

June 18 , 2008 Newsletter

Trip to Rome a success – Global angling companies don’t like Pebble Mine!

After a whirlwind trip to Rome and back over 6 days, it’s apparent that global companies serving anglers aren’t too keen on the idea of another fishery possibly being diminished. Anglers from all over the planet travel to Bristol Bay and dream of going to Alaska since it holds some of the greatest fishing opportunities that still exist in the world. The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska met with dozens of international companies at the European Fishing Tackle Trade Exhibition and the response was an overwhelming desire to help raise awareness and grow the movement to keep Bristol Bay a productive fishery. I’ll be doing a lot of follow up in coming weeks to get these businesses involved.

Hunting Promotion coming soon…

While most sportspersons are familiar with the threat that Pebble Mine poses to the incredible fishery resources of Bristol Bay, many are not aware that hunting would also be impacted. Indeed, effects are already being felt, as mining exploration crews and the helicopters that transport them are impacting opportunities for hunting caribou, moose, and bear in a remote wilderness setting. With support from an Alaska big game hunting guide, a riflemaker, and a hunting clothing maker, the SAA will be launching an effort to engage hunters across the nation and worldwide in the campaign to protect Bristol Bay. Keep an eye out for this exciting news in coming weeks.

Travel Schedule (and how it affects the auction)

SAA’s Director, Scott Hed, will be traveling to Bismarck, ND beginning Friday, June 20 and returning to the office on Wednesday, June 25. I will be attending the Outdoor Writers Association of America annual convention to brief members of the outdoor media on the Bristol Bay situation. While I am away, I will have sporadic access to email and the internet. I’ll do my best to handle auction questions in a timely fashion, but apologize in advance if I’m not as responsive as usual. While I am out of the office, please be aware that I won’t be able to ship items out to winning bidders, so there will be a slight delay in receiving items that sell while I’m away.

Auction Update

The fundraising auction for Bristol Bay has now topped $41,000 in gross proceeds! Thanks for all of your support so far, but keep visiting the SAA auction page – there are plenty of great items and trips still to be sold.

Thank you to the blogs, web sites, and magazines who are helping spread the word. The greater the number of people visiting the auction, the better the odds are that we can raise some serious money to help fight for Bristol Bay.

This auction is possible due to the very generous contributions of so many companies, lodges, and artists. Please support them and support the campaign for Bristol Bay’s future by bidding on an item or two. There’s a great selection and you should be able to find something you need or want. All starting bids are set below 70% of retail value, so you might even get a good buy.

The inventory for the auction is basically set up on a rolling basis, with new items being added every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. All listings run for 10 days, so there are always items nearing the end of their run.

Listings Sold (thanks to these buyers!):

Ending soon:

New Listings this week:

Please pass this newsletter along to your friends, link the SAA auction page to your Web site, post it on your club’s Web site or newsletter, do whatever you can to keep the momentum growing.

Thanks for your support!

Scott Hed – Director
Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska

Brown Trout Print

Back to Top

Home | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Search | ©2006-2010 Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska
Sign Up to Receive SAA Newsletter