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Act now, Pebble Mine comments due!

The Trump Administration’s EPA is now seeking public input on its decision to reverse its 2014 Proposed Determination to add specific protections to water quality in the Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 Determination would have ensured large-scale mining did not cause irreversible harm to habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon fishery. Just as Bristol Bay fishermen hauled in a near-record harvest of 37 million sockeye salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a blow to the industry by reversing an earlier decision to implement Clean Water Act protections for water quality in the watershed. You may have commented in the past, but today, fishermen can weigh in again to the Trump Administration on whether protections for Bristol Bay’s world-class salmon fishery should be erased….

Posted in Salmon Habitat

PASSED! Alaska Wild Salmon Month

Big news for salmon fishermen! Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution 261 recognizing the month of September 2017 as “Alaska Wild Salmon Month” sponsored by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski. By recognizing Alaska’s salmon economy is supported by wild salmon returning to Alaskan streams and rearing in Alaskan waters, the U.S. Senate understands salmon habitat is the basis for one of Alaska’s most important industries….

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Announcements! Texting winners + summer habitat

As you and other Alaska salmon fishermen grind through your last few weeks on the water or put your gear away for the season, United Fishermen of Alaska’s SHIP project has been busy compiling important information on policies and events that impact the health of our salmon fisheries. Here’s what’s inside:
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URGENT Pebble Mine update

Pebble Mine is back! Just as Bristol Bay fishermen hauled in a near-record harvest of 37 million sockeye salmon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a blow to the industry by reversing an earlier decision to implement Clean Water Act protections for water quality in the watershed. The Trump Administration’s EPA is now seeking public input on its decision to reverse its 2014 Proposed Determination to add specific protections to water quality in the Bristol Bay watershed. The 2014 Determination would have ensured large-scale mining did not cause irreversible harm to habitat that sustains the world’s largest salmon fishery….

Posted in Salmon Habitat
Press Release: UFA’s Salmon Habitat Program Launches Sweepstakes to Bring Habitat Info to Fishermen

Text “ufaship” to 313131 or predict Bristol Bay’s sockeye harvest to win Alaska Airlines or LFS Gift Cards
JUNEAU – UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) has launched two summer sweepstakes to connect with commercial fishermen for important information regarding salmon habitat. Winners will be selected from fishermen who enter the drawing through a text campaign or Facebook comments to win Alaska Airlines and LFS, Inc gift certificates.

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Weigh in by June 30th re: Transboundary Mining
Important deadline to weigh in on transboundary rivers! 
Commercial fishermen like you can weigh in on transboundary river water quality, salmon habitat and safeguarding Alaska’s interests in responsible development in watersheds that are shared between Alaska and Canada. Comments must be submitted by June 30th 
Text “ufaship” to #313131 to Win Prizes

Fishermen have 4 Ways to Win $200 Alaska Airlines or $100 LFS Gift Cards Dear Fishermen, You have four ways to WIN:

  • $200 Alaska Airlines gift certificate or
  • $100 LFS gift certificate.

Just text “ufaship” to 313131 and we’ll text you right back with instructions how to enter and win. Sweepstakes ends September 1, 2017 and winners will be announced September 2nd!…
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Did you know this was happening with Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay?

The Pebble Mine might be on the fast track. In a major change of course, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Pebble Limited Partnership have made an agreement that reverses the agency’s previous decision to bar a large scale mine in Bristol Bay due to harm to the Bay’s salmon fishery. This agreement requires Pebble to apply for permits within 30 months. Pebble has been promising to apply for permits every year since 2005 when they first came to talk to UFA….

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Last fall, UFA surveyed Alaska fishermen about their opinions on salmon habitat.

Read full survey results

Fishermen took the survey in high numbers

  • Over 500 AK fishermen took the survey
  • This is 2.4% of the Alaska commercial permit holders, and 176% of the number of fishermen who participated in the only other recent direct survey of fishermen
  • 85% of survey takers were from Alaska
  • 44% were under 40 years old. The oldest survey taker was 88

Fishermen say salmon habitat is critical not just for our bottom-line but identity and way of life.  

  • 100% of survey takers care deeply about AK salmon habitat – for jobs, family, & identity
  • Many fishermen are concerned about mining, climate change, & pollution. Lots of other concerns were mentioned too
  • Habitat concerns are more important than price

What fishermen say matters!

  • 79% of fishermen list other fishermen as a top news source

Credible information sources are important

  • Fishermen most trust information about Alaska salmon habitat from ADF&G scientists & local/regional fishing groups

Fishermen speak up for habitat

  • 93% of fishermen have taken action on behalf of salmon habitat
  • Actions taken include talking to other fishermen, donating, signing petitions, & calling / writing decision makers

Download survey results, including:

  • Who is the least trusted person to provide information on salmon habitat?
  • Which social media channels do fishermen prefer?

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About SHIP

For Alaskan Commercial Fishermen, UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) is a go-to source for information on the health of salmon runs you depend on. By working together, we can become powerful advocates for pro-salmon policies and ensure commercial fishing jobs remain strong for generations.

There’s More to Come

If you’d like sneak peaks into what other fishermen say about Alaska salmon habitat, how UFA will use survey results, and all the news about the salmon habitat you use, please keep in touch!

Over the fall, UFA will review survey results, digest the information, present the data to the UFA Board at its upcoming meeting, and form a plan for moving the program forward. Thank you again for helping guide SHIP, and stay tuned for more! sign-up-for-our-newsletter-button

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Contact Us:

Lindsey Bloom Program Manager (907) 723-3662 habitat@ufa.org