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Salmonstock is a celebration of Wild Alaskan Salmon and the people who depend upon them. It’s also about the power we have to protect our resources and our livelihoods. Stand up and join the over 3,000 attendees from 2011 in our fight to protect the wild salmon that bring us together and define our lifestyle. Help us stop proposed threats like the Pebble Mine Project. We invite anyone who loves Alaska, salmon, and spectacular music and art to spend the weekend with us. Together we will show the world why we are so passionate about our renewable resources and what we can do to ensure another millennia of great fishing.

Pebble Mine: The fight to protect the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve

Pebble Limited Partnership (a joint venture of Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American Mining) is in the early stages of attempting to develop a mine to unearth one of the world’s largest deposits of copper, gold and molybdenum. The mine site is located at the headwaters of the Bristol Bay watershed, covering streams that feed the Mulchatna-Nushagak Rivers, Iliamna Lake and the Kvichak River. These rivers provide vital spawning habitat for many of the 40 million sockeye salmon that return annually to the region. The Pebble Partnership is planning to build one of the largest open pit mines in the world on top of the headwaters of the world’s largest wild salmon fishery

Wild Salmon - Alaska’s Renewable Resource

Each summer millons of Pacific salmon make incredible migrations from the North Pacific and Bering Sea back to the freshwaters of their birth to spawn. In the spring, young salmon emerge as fry and after a few months to a few years they migrate to the sea. During migration they imprint a complex map of scents to help them find their way back to their spawning grounds. After 1-7 years feeding in the sea (depending on the species), the mature salmon start their long migration home. Once near freshwater they will rely on olfactory and other senses to navigate to the rivers and beaches of their birth. Here, the salmon will spawn and then die. Returning salmon transport millions of tons of nutrients from the rich marine environment to the ecosystems of the surrounding land. When salmon die after spawning, they leave large amounts of biomass and nutrients, increasing production at all levels of the food chain, from bacteria and algae communities to top predators, such as bears. In Alaska our cultural traditions are based on a robust salmon population. We rely on our wild salmon for food and nourishment, a sustainable economy, and a healthy ecosystem.