2019 Project Reports & Presentations

Pebble Mine Draft EIS Comments - BBRSDA opposes the proposed Pebble Mine because it threatens the fishery’s abundance and marketability. These aspects were not adequately analyzed in the Project’s Draft EIS, which contains numerous other problems. We have fully addressed these issues in public comments submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via email and post. In short, the Pebble Draft EIS is thoroughly inadequate as a decision making tool and it does not represent a “hard look” at foreseeable impacts of the mine project. If this were a rigorous and objective process, this Draft EIS would not contain so many oversights, assumptions, unsupported conclusions, and inaccuracies. Selected public comments on the Pebble Draft EIS from BBRSDA are available below.

  • Public Comment from Law Firm on Behalf of BBRSDA: LINK

  • Executive Director Andy Wink’s Public Comment: LINK

  • Program Manager Cameo Padilla’s Public Comment: LINK

2018 Project Reports & Presentations

Report: Northern Economics 2018 Processor Survey - (Posted May 2019) Prepared by Northern Economics, Inc., the annual processor survey gathers prior season information from Bristol Bay processors. This survey captures raw product data, finished product forms, chilled product volumes and quality impact, ice production capacity, and respondents’ opinions of trends and priorities within the fishery.

Report: A Model Analysis of Flow and Deposition from a Tailings Dam Failure at the Proposed Pebble Mine - This report was prepared by a team of researchers from The Nature Conservancy and Lynker Technologies led by Dr. Cameron Wobus. The analysis examines the expected scale of a tailings dam failure at the proposed Pebble Mine, which would result in significant damage to salmon habitat in the greater Nushagak River system.

Presentation: Modeling the Impacts of a Tailings Dam Failure at the Pebble Mine - This presentation and analysis was prepared by a team of researchers from The Nature Conservancy and Lynker Technologies led by Dr. Cameron Wobus. This presentation was delivered to BBRSDA members at Town Hall Meetings in Anchorage and Homer in March 2019.

Fall 2018 Sockeye Market Report - Prepared by Executive Director Andy Wink.

Fall 2018 Sockeye Market Presentation - This presentation was delivered to BBRSDA members at the 2018 Fall Member Meeting at the Pacific Marine Expo on November 19, 2018.

BBRSDA Retail Marketing Program - This presentation was delivered to BBRSDA members by Christine Fanning with Rising Tide Communications at the 2018 Fall Member Meeting at the Pacific Marine Expo on November 19, 2018.

Economic Benefits of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry: Full Report - BBRSDA would like to thank the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC) and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) for contributing matching funds to this project, which quantifies the economic benefits of the Bristol Bay salmon industry.

Economic Benefits of the Bristol Bay Salmon Industry: Summary Handout

Spring 2018 Sockeye Market Report - The full report prepared by Wink Research & Consulting.

Spring 2018 Sockeye Market Presentation - This was the presentation delivered to BBRSDA members by Andy Wink at the pre-season annual meeting in Naknek on June 9, 2018.


2017 Project Reports

2017 BBRSDA Processor Survey - Prepared by Northern Economics, Inc., the annual processor survey gathers prior season information from Bristol Bay processors.  The 2017 survey captured raw product data, finished product forms, chilled product volumes and quality impact, ice production capacity, and respondents’ opinions of trends and priorities within the fishery. 

Fall 2017 Sockeye Market Report - The full report prepared by The McDowell Group.

Fall 2017 Sockeye Market Presentation - This was the presentation delivered to BBRSDA members by Andy Wink, Senior Seafood Analyst at The McDowell Group, at the membership meeting in Seattle, WA on Nov. 16 2017.

UW Schindler Nushagak Project Report - Final report from a 2014 study that used strontium isotopes in otoliths to map sockeye salmon production patterns across the Nushagak River basin. 

2017 Port Moller Test Fishery Daily Updates - Prepared by the BBSRI and made possible in part by funding from BBRSDA through the BBFC, the Port Moller Test Fishery (PMTF) is conducted each year to help processors, fishermen, and fishery managers assess the timing, composition, and abundance of sockeye salmon returning to commercial fishing districts in Bristol Bay.

Spring 2017 Sockeye Market Report - The full report prepared by The McDowell Group.

Spring 2017 Sockeye Market Presentation - This was the presentation delivered to BBRSDA members by Andy Wink, Senior Seafood Analyst at The McDowell Group, at the pre-season annual meeting in Dillingham on June 10, 2017.


2016 Project Reports

Bristol Bay Sockeye 2016 Marketing Campaign: Pilot Project Final Report - Prepared by Rising Tide Communications.  The BBRSDA launched a new consumer-facing Bristol Bay brand in 2016 and tested that brand with a pilot project in Boulder, CO. The goal was to establish a proven model for implementing an effective retail program for refreshed Bristol Bay sockeye salmon.  

KDLG Final Report for 2016 Season - Prepared by Dave Bendinger of KDLG.  BBRSDA provided $20,000 in funding to KDLG in 2016 for expanded coverage of the fishery and other news broadcasting that benefits the fishermen of Bristol Bay as well as the region.

Cost/Benefit Analysis of Avoiding a 2016 Cost Recovery Fishery - Report prepared by The McDowell Group

Fall 2016 Sockeye Market Report - The full report prepared by The McDowell Group.

Fall 2016 Sockeye Market Presentation - A good summation of the full report.  This was the presentation delivered to BBRSDA members by Andy Wink, Senior Seafood Analyst at The McDowell Group, at Pacific Marine Expo on November 18, 2016.

Spring 2016 Sockeye Market Report - Report prepared by the McDowell Group.

2016 BBRSDA Town Hall Meetings Final Report - This report summarizes the outcomes of BBRSDA's first ever series of town hall meetings.  These meetings were member driven and focused, took place in 8 different communities chosen for number of permit holder residents, and delivered information about current projects the BBRSDA is implementing and gathered feedback from members through informal discussion and written survey.

2016 Port Moller Test Fishery Daily Updates - Prepared by the BBSRI and made possible in part by funding from BBRSDA, the Port Moller Test Fishery (PMTF) is conducted each year to help processors, fishermen, and fishery managers assess the timing, composition, and abundance of sockeye salmon returning to commercial fishing districts in Bristol Bay.

2016 Port Moller Test Fishery Final Report - Prepared by the BBSRI.  BBRSDA provided $40,000 in funding to BBSRI to support the PMTF in 2016.