Representative Rick Larsen represents the 2nd District, which includes Bellingham and the surrounding areas of Northwest Washington, home to many Bristol Bay fishing families. Over the past several months, 2nd District residents and Bay fishermen including John Fairbanks, Buck Gibbons, Dave Hansen – and other Bay-related business owners like Pat Pitsch of Strongback Marine – have voiced to Rep. Larsen their opposition to the Pebble Mine and shared how the economy of his district could be impacted if the mine goes in. Bay fisherman Ben Blakey (of Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay) deserves special credit for his tireless and effective outreach to members of Congress and their staffs, including Rep. Larsen’s.

Clearly, our message has been heard loud and clear. This week, Representative Larsen took a very strong position in support of Bristol Bay fishing families when he wrote a letter to President Obama.

The entire letter is available in a PDF below, but below is an excerpt.

We strongly encourage 2nd District Bay fishermen and their families to send an email to Rep. Larsen thanking him for his support for our fishery and our fishing jobs. Send it to Matt Bormet, at Every email counts!

From the letter:

“Many small business owners in my district that fish in Alaska for the commercial market have contacted me about the impacts the proposed Pebble Mine near Bristol Bay, Alaska, could have on their businesses, I urge you to prevent development of any mining project that would have detrimental impacts on the jobs the Alaska fishing industry provides to small businesses in my district in Northwest Washington state and throughout the West Coast.”

Full text of Larsen Letter to President re Pebble (pdf)