Pebble Mine opponents gather during FisherPoets

FisherPoets read from their repertoire at Clemente’s Restaurant Friday in support of efforts to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

The bay’s pristine headwaters could become a district for open-pit mining of copper deposits, and potential impacts on the environment and fisheries have fishermen and others keenly concerned.

Many Oregon and North Coast commercial fishermen travel to Bristol Bay to fish the large salmon runs that make it a premiere spot.

On Saturday, a panel of seven experts discussed the environmental impacts of mining, environmental law and philosophical decisions pertaining to climate change at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

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