December 14, 2012 Newsletter
It’s been several months since the last SAA newsletter, so there’s quite a bit to report. SAA has been busy mainly with efforts to protect Bristol Bay, and even managed a trip to Alaska for both work and fun (including some great fishing) this fall. With wild Alaska salmon filets and venison from a nice South Dakota whitetail in the freezer, it’s time to wrap up 2012 and look ahead to 2013. For a comprehensive list of news items, you can always visit the Latest News page on the SAA web site. This newsletter will hit the major highlights and let you know about some great ways you can support SAA and the efforts to protect some of Alaska’s most productive fish and game habitats.
Latest with the EPA and Bristol Bay
Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment has been peer reviewed and awaits next steps
There is a ton of coverage of the watershed assessment on the Latest News page. Here’s a brief sampling of highlights:
Bristol Bay: Congressional Republicans Criticize EPA Involvement in Bristol Bay; Local Residents, Commercial Fishermen, and Sportsmen Across Nation Defend Agency
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have begun to interject themselves into the debate over the proposed Pebble Mine. Chairmen of two House committees have written to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson regarding the agency’s work on the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) weighed in both in August and December, while Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) contacted the agency in September. The EPA has been invited to engage in the debate over the future of Bristol Bay by Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, hunters and anglers, and many more. We will need to fend off these attacks to ensure EPA is able to do its job and finish the science-based Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.
What the Election Meant for Bristol Bay
I’m sure we’re all glad that the relentless advertising barrage is in the rear view mirror, no matter what our personal opinions are on the results of the 2012 national elections. But what did it all mean for Bristol Bay? We’ll need to remain vigilant in our efforts to convince President Obama that Bristol Bay deserves protection, and to defend the ability for agencies like the EPA to do their job to achieve that goal.
Angling Trade magazine featured a short piece by Tom Sadler, board member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, on the subject (p. 16).
Fly Rod & Reel will also cover this subject in their next issue
Tongass National Forest: News and Notes
Visit the American Salmon Forest web site today. Learn about the Tongass 77 campaign, and sign on to support this proposed legislation to protect the best fish-producing watersheds on America’s largest national forest.
Random Shots: News from Around Alaska (and Beyond)
- If all this talk of Bristol Bay salmon has you hungry, check out the new Sockeye Finder Facebook application to see where you can buy wild Bristol Bay sockeye at a retailer or restaurant near you.
- Follow the Save Bristol Bay YouTube channel which is adding some really great new video clips every week, showcasing people from Bristol Bay and around the country and why we need to protect this fishery.
- While much is made of the possible impacts to fishing from the proposed Pebble Mine, hunting in Bristol Bay would also be affected.
- The CEO of Anglo American (one of the partners in the proposed Pebble Mine) is stepping down. Here’s an opinion editorial from a lifelong Bristol Bay fisherman who says that the idea of Pebble should go with her, in the Alaska Dispatch.
- The proposed Pebble Mine is featured in four chapters of the great new book Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story About Copper, the Metal that Runs the World by Bill Carter.
Since it’s the holiday and gift giving season, we’ll close out this edition with a multitude of offers ...
Special Promotion from Pro Guide Direct to Benefit Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska
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Special Products from Loon Outdoors to Benefit Bristol Bay Campaign
Get yourself a sew-on “No Pebble Mine” patch or a stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint cup from the fine folks at Loon Outdoors, who are donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of these items to Trout Unlimited to support the battle for Bristol Bay.
Other Ways to Support SAA and the Fight for Fishing and Hunting in Alaska
SAA is grateful for the generous support of individuals, businesses, and foundations. Your donations allow SAA to continue to work on efforts to protect prime fishing and hunting habitats in the Last Frontier for the benefit of current and future sportsmen and women. Make your donations online at the secure online donation page; all amounts are accepted and appreciated – SAA is a lean, mean, one-man operation but it takes funding to do this work. For donations of the following amounts, please include “SAA” and indicate what item you’d like to receive in the “comment” box on the donation page.
- $25 Red Gold documentary DVD
- $25 Alaska Gold DVD copy of the July 2012 episode of Frontline on PBS
- $25 Salmon in the Trees hardcover book (3 copies available)
- $75 Simms Ultralight shirt with Sportsmen for Bristol Bay embroidered logo
- $125 4-in-1 Alaska giclee print by Derek DeYoung (16” x 20”)
(If you have any questions on how to donate, email Scott@SportsmansAlliance4AK.org.)
And…An Easy Online Shopping Portal to Support SAA
Turn your online shopping at over 1,000 stores into much-needed donations to support SAA’s work. A few percent on each sale adds up! (Click image at left.)
Thanks for caring about Alaska conservation. Your support and actions will ensure a future for Alaska’s fish and game and for coming generations of sportsmen and women to enjoy them. Best wishes to you and your family and friends for a safe and joyous holiday season. I know that one of my New Year’s resolutions will be to improve my reliability when it comes to getting an SAA newsletter out at least every other month in 2013.
Director, Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska