Powerhouse Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishery produces $1.5 billion in value
Accounts for nearly 20% of total value of all US Seafood exports, according to new report
The report was released during a phone conference on
There is a shorter executive summary of the report, which was commissioned by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. Highlights include:
- The Bristol Bay salmon fishery supports 12,000 jobs in fishing and processing; including 4,369 fishing and processing jobs in
Alaska; 3,227 in Washington state; 2,143 in Oregon; 553 in Californiaand 1,629 in other states.
- The fishery creates an additional 7,800 jobs across the country due to multiplier effects of retailing in grocery stores, restaurants, etc., and developing value-added products.
- The commercial fishery provides about
$500 millionin direct income to workers across the country every year.
The report comes at the same time the EPA is conducting a comment period of its revised Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, a scientific report that shows that digging up the proposed Pebble mine will destroy up to 90 miles of salmon streams and up to 4,800 acres of wetlands in the best case scenario, without potential leaks or a catastrophic failure.
“There are few issues that are more black and white than protecting Bristol Bay. EPA’s draft assessment and this economic impact study both confirm that the proposed Pebble mine would be bad for fish and bad for fishermen. With 3,000
SOURCE Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association