Salmonfest, formerly Salmonstock, has, for 10 years, been working with organizations on the front lines in the struggle to protect and preserve Bristol Bay, the largest wild salmon fishery in the world. Protecting Bristol Bay is popular in Alaska with over 60% of Alaskans opposing Pebble Mine. Why? Because healthy fish and wildlife habitat are intrinsically linked to healthy human habitat. Water filtration, flood mitigation, food chain productivity are just some of the elements that emerge from a healthy ecosystem. Natural resource economists have estimated the value of healthy ecosystems at trillions of dollars. In other words, a healthy ecosystem is priceless as well as essential to our families, communities, and economies.
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August 6 - 8, 2021