Businesses for Bristol Bay Launched to Ensure Long Term Growth and Job Creation for Sustainable Companies that Depend on Bristol Bay

Businesses for Bristol Bay is a new coalition of businesses from Alaska and the lower 48 that share a common interest in protecting the waters of Bristol Bay to ensure that sustainable jobs are protected for the long term.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2017
Contact: Sam McCullough, 507.720.7005

Businesses for Bristol Bay Launched to Ensure Long Term Growth and Job Creation for Sustainable Companies that Depend on Bristol Bay

Businesses for Bristol Bay is a new coalition of businesses from Alaska and the lower 48 that share a common interest in protecting the waters of Bristol Bay to ensure that sustainable jobs are protected for the long term. The goal of the coalition is to provide members with stability that will further encourage and support investment and job creation in the region and beyond.

Businesses for Bristol Bay will work to defend and enhance the long-term viability and success of those that are invested in and dependent on Bristol Bay in particular those whose businesses are connected to the fisheries. The proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol bay endangers the health and productivity of Bristol Bay’s $1.5 billion fisheries and companies who are dependent on this renewable resource.

“Bristol Bay’s sustainable salmon resource is the foundation of our region’s economy, food security and culture,” said Norm Van Vactor, President of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. “The proposed Pebble Mine threatens all of this and would only provide a limited number of jobs for a limited number of years. It’s not worth the risk to the people, fishermen and businesses of Bristol Bay. Our region has said it before and we’ll keep saying it - the Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place."

“As the owner of 13 Seattle restaurants that employ 800 people, I’m proud to support the whole economic chain around Bristol Bay sockeye, from the Alaskan and Washington processors that we buy our salmon from, to the fishermen who harvest it,” said Tom Douglas, CEO of Tom Douglas Restaurants. “Nearly $10 million of my business’ annual sales is generated by salmon, which is the most popular choice on our menus.”

“Conserving the one-of-a-kind resource we have in Bristol Bay is not only economically savvy, but it is also aligned with conservative values that emphasize long-term welfare over short-term gain,” said Perk Perkins, CEO of Orvis. ”If we are to truly put America first, we must take action to prevent the Pebble Mine. The region’s economy and culture are rich, and its currency is salmon. If we take care of the salmon and rivers, that wealth will support communities and American jobs forever.”

To learn more about Businesses for Bristol Bay and our coalition, visit www.b4bb.org. To speak with the coalition members quoted above, please contact Sam McCullough at 507.720.7005 or m.samuel.mccullough@gmail.com.

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