Silvers of a different latitude

I have yet to fish Alaska.  I’ve fished up in BC a couple times and loved it.  My dad is a bit confused why I’d rather fish in Andros than the Dean, but I keep telling him that I really, really like flipflops and palm trees.

Still, anglers who pursue Gray Ghosts on the flats of Belize are often the same folks that chase Silver Salmon and monster bows in the wilds of Alaska. A buddy of mine sent along an action alert and I wanted to put it out here for all those world-traveling anglers.

Pebble Mine is a horrible, horrible idea, of course.  You can have a say in how things go down… this is how, courtesy of NRDC.

The Obama Administration is inviting input from across America on how to protect our nation’s most cherished wildlands and other outdoor spaces.

Please take a few minutes right now and tell administration officials — in your own words — why they should save Bristol Bay. The deadline for submitting your message is September 30.

I know this action involves more than the usual click of a mouse, but I’m sure you’ll agree it’s time well spent for the sake of stopping the Pebble Mine. A thoughtful and personal message from someone like you can make a big difference!

Here’s how to do it:

Visit the America’s Great Outdoors website and register to participate.

Then, explore the Ideas page:

  • Post your own idea.
  • Vote to “promote” ideas that call for protecting Bristol Bay.
  • Join conversations on ideas that matter to you.
  • Share with your friends and encourage them to vote.

Or email your personal message directly to

Please keep these talking points in mind as you write:

  • Pebble Mine threatens Bristol Bay’s clean waters, wild salmon, wildlife and traditional subsistence ways of life.
  • Public lands in the Bristol Bay watershed should be closed to large-scale metallic sulfide mining. Protecting habitat, subsistence and recreation resources should be the top priority.
  • The federal government should provide strong oversight of the Pebble Mine permitting process and analysis of cumulative impacts to the Bristol Bay watershed.
  • Relationships between federal and tribal governments should be strengthened.
  • Standards for mineral development in wetlands should be tighter.
  • Clean Water Act standards for large-scale metallic sulfide mining should be more stringent.

You can also refer to our SaveBioGems web page about Bristol Bay if you want more information.

No Pebble Mine

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