National Fisherman

The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and


Yesterday's bloodshed in Seattle has left many of the area's residents in shock. But another slow-moving threat could bring a different kind of devastation to the Pacific Northwest community.

The Pebble Partnership is working on a permit application to submit to the state of Alaska for a potential copper and gold mine at the head waters of Bristol Bay.

Meanwhile, the EPA released a draft scientific study of the watershed, under the authority of the federal Clean Water Act. The agency will accept public comments until July 23.

The Bristol Bay commercial fishery delivers about $100 million in revenue to the state of Washington. If you have a stake in this fishery, you are probably in Alaska already, poised for the start of fishing tomorrow.

But if you are in Seattle today, or know someone who can represent you, please find your way to the Jackson Federal Building at 915 2nd Ave. by 2 p.m. for a public hearing hosted by EPA.

For more information on the study and how to submit your comments, go to the EPA's Bristol Bay information page.

Alaska public meetings are scheduled for the coming week.

Anchorage: Monday, June 4
5:30 p.m., University of Alaska, Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Dillingham: Tuesday, June 5
11:30 a.m., Middle School Gymnasium

Naknek: Tuesday, June 5
5 p.m., Naknek School Auditorium

Levelock: Wednesday, June 6
4 p.m., Rainbow Hall

Igiugig: Wednesday, June 6
5 p.m., Igiugig Airport Hangar

Nondalton: Thursday, June 7
5 p.m., Nondalton Community Center

New Stuyahok: Thursday, June 7
1 p.m., Cetuyarag Community Center

Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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