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How one man's passion for fly-fishing led to protecting Russian salmon rivers

How one man’s passion for fly-fishing led to protecting Russian salmon rivers

Bristol Bay, home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, gets a bare three mentions in the book, in passages that total less than four pages. The largest of these, centered on the Pebble mine debate, seems ill-informed about that situation.

It reads in part, “In 2005, the Wild Salmon Center joined Alaska Natives to fight a multinational mining interest that was preparing to excavate an enormous vein of copper at the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s most productive salmon rivers.” The author miscategorizes the Pebble fight as one in which “Alaska Natives” were uniformly opposed to the mine.

She also, curiously, writes that the issue was “off the radar” for many years, because “the region was considered impenetrable and impervious to threat.” The passage ends with, “The battle would continue to rage in the coming years, and Alaska would join Russia as one of Guido’s greatest preoccupations.

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