WASHINGTON, DC –From September 16 -20, 28 restaurants in Washington, DC and Wegmans locations in Maryland and Virginia will feature wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska on their menus and in their aisles. They are participating in the inaugural Bristol Bay Salmon Week, sponsored by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRDSA). Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska is home to the world’s most prolific commercial wild sockeye salmon fishery, responsible for producing more than half of the sockeye sold worldwide.
Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew it’s proposed determination to restrict mining activities in Bristol Bay, Alaska under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. This is an outrageous, astonishing action by the Trump administration’s EPA that pushes aside three years of peer-reviewed, rigorous scientific study and extensive public involvement that garnered over 1 million comments. The results of this extensive analysis were clear: large-scale copper and gold mining could have devastating effects on the world’s largest wild salmon run in Bristol Bay, Alaska.
Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) is offering low-cost energy audits and access to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant for commercial fishing vessels.
Commercial fishing vessel owners that fish in Bristol Bay, Kodiak, and the Aleutians are eligible.
The USDA grant reimburses owners for 25% of the cost for upgrades including slush ice to RSW, hold insulation, LED lights, and high performance gensets (not for propulsion). A commercial fisher looking to purchase and professionally install a RSW system for $50,000 would be reimbursed $12,500 by the grant.
There is no deadline. But applications for projects $80k and under are reviewed for award on October 31, and another round of awards for all project sizes occurs in April.