The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association took another step away from prior efforts to fight Pebble Mine with the election of a new board president.
In September, the board elected Abe Williams, who is also the president of Nuna Resources, to head the seafood development group. Nuna is a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including calling for what Williams has said is due process for the proposed Pebble project.
The fishing association, or BBRSDA, is funded by a 1 percent tax on Bristol Bay drift fishermen. Historically it has opposed Pebble Mine, including spending at least a fifth of its budget on sustainability and anti-mining efforts over the past several years and a policy statement adopted in 2008 that opposed large-scale mining.
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