Bristol Bay, in Southwestern Alaska, is the home of one of the world’s largest runs of Sockeye salmon. In fact, all five types of salmon spawn in the bay’s freshwater tributaries.
Bristol Bay could also become the home of a new mine to extract copper, gold and other minerals.
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a risk assessment study on how mining could impact the ecosystem there. The Agency will hold a public hearing in Seattle Thursday.
Ashley Ahearn reports that fishermen in the Northwest are watching the process closely.