This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for. In Bristol Bay, we have a gift from God that keeps on giving. Each year, our clean undisturbed waters become home to millions of wild sockeye salmon that continually give birth to more fresh fish. This renewable resource keeps our fisheries one of the richest and purest in the world.
Many other peoples, like the Canadians and the British who want to drill away in our waters, covet such a rich and pure resource. It has given our ancestors food to survive, and for many people from around the world a livelihood.
That is why we must not look at what we can gain today. The Pebble Mine and oil drilling in the waters of Bristol Bay may be a good idea for more jobs and revenue now. But will it be good for your grandchild’s children, and your great-grandchild’s children?
The risks are too great, and the stakes are too high to taint such a pure valuable fishery because of short-term mining.
The mining jobs can be there tomorrow. But the pure fishery that continually feeds us fresh wild salmon and gives many people not only jobs, but a livelihood, can be there forever.
Let’s not be a Grinch to future generations. Let’s choose to receive the pure and wild gift that keeps on giving, and conserve Bristol Bay.
Verner Wilson III
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