State revisits Bristol Bay management plan

Forced to review a land management plan by Pebble Mine opponents, the state is traveling around Bristol Bay communities to hear local concerns, according to Department of Natural Resources official Marty Parsons.

Public meetings have already been held in Iliamna, Igiugig, King Salmon/Naknek, and Port Heiden. Additional meetings will happen soon in Dillingham, Nondalton, New Stuyahok, and Koliganek, Parsons said.

The controversial Bristol Bay Area Plan is the subject of the meetings. Revisions to the plan in 2005 were seen as favoring mining over fish, leading to a lawsuit by Trout Unlimited, Alaska Independent Fisherman’s Marketing Association, and six tribal groups.

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