Archive for December, 2007

Mining Threatens Alaskan Salmon

Bristol Bay in southern Alaska is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The rivers emptying into it are the spawning grounds for runs of Sockeye salmon millions strong. These runs of salmon and other fish support a huge commercial and sport fishing market, as well as large numbers of marine mammals.

The headwaters of two of these rivers, the Kvichak and the Newhalen, may be threatened by a proposed copper/gold/molybdenum mine, which if built as proposed, would be one of the largest mines in the world…

Sport fishing is constantly being challenged with pollution and environmental damage.  A huge mine right by Bristol Bay sounds like it would have a big impact on the quality of local salmon.

Tighter Restrictions on Fishing in Cook Inlet Areas

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish division on Tuesday announced several changes to area fishing regulations in lower Cook Inlet after the Alaska Board of Fisheries met in Homer this month. The regulations add a day of fishing and increase the limit of kings on the Anchor River and discontinue the practice of “tight-lining” in the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon among others…

The increase to the limit on kings is good news for sportfishing.  Read the entire story for a full list of regulations.