ANCHORAGE - A coalition representing about six million sportsmen in more than 40 fishing and hunting groups and businesses released a letter Thursday urging presidential candidates to oppose the Pebble Mine project.

The letter underscores the stakes of the 2,500 local jobs and $160 million in local economic activity projected to be created by the mine. In the letter, the group argues the project would create only about 1,000 temporary mining jobs and could threaten the 14,000 commercial fishery jobs that make up a $1.5 billion annual salmon fishery.

Three leaders from the fishing and hunting community announced the letter at a press conference Thursday.

Ben Carter, Executive Director of the Dallas Safari Club, said the sporting community is unified in their opposition to the Pebble Mine.

"Bristol Bay is one of the last places on the face of the earth for the remote wilderness hunting we treasure, and allowing mining of this scale would end that experience forever," Carter said.

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