"Fish Basket" Website Launched to Promote Permanent Protection for Bristol Bay
Upcoming Events Include Outreach with Fisherman Affected by Gulf Oil Spill
A coalition of commercial fishing, native, and conservation groups announced the launch of their website www.fishbasket.org which will serve as an information center for groups and individuals seeking permanent protection for Bristol Bay from offshore oil and gas drilling.In March of this year, prior to the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration removed Bristol Bay from the federal offshore and gas leasing schedule until 2017. But, given Bristol Bay’s rich fishery, the area deserves permanent protection from the inherent risks of offshore oil drilling. Bristol Bay fisheries are valued at over $2 billion annually and sustainably support thousands of jobs. These values dwarf the estimated value for finite oil and gas in the area which is only $7 billion over the life of the field.
The group will connect again with Gulf Coast fishermen as well as oil spill experts during a panel at Pacific Marine Expo (Fish Expo) on November 19th. Gulf of Mexico and Bering Sea fishermen, fisheries scientists, and experts on oil in arctic waters will assess the implications of the recent Gulf spill for proposed drilling in Bristol Bay including spill response, residual oil, and economic and social impacts to communities.