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BBNC: Bristol Bay assessment report reflects fair, thorough process

Today’s release of the final report of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s peer review panel assessment demonstrates that the agency remains on track to engaging in a fair, thorough review of the science in its efforts to protect the Bristol Bay region.

EPA tasked 12 peer review panelists this August to review its draft Bristol Bay watershed assessment, a comprehensive report that seeks to better understand the watershed and potential impacts of large-scale development on its resources—including, in particular, a world-class commercial and subsistence salmon fishery.

“The scientists on this panel conducted a thorough review of the science behind the watershed assessment, and we hope these findings will be incorporated into the final assessment,” said Jason Metrokin, president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation. “If used responsibly, this information will better protect the resources and the people of the Bristol Bay region.”

Panelists reviewed 14 charge questions about the soundness of the science in the report. They also were asked for recommendations for other literature or data not referenced in the assessment. The peer review panel met in Anchorage Aug. 7-9.

The EPA said it already is taking steps to incorporate key input from the peer reviewers.

The full EPA peer review report can be found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/ECOCOMM.NSF/bristol+bay/peerreview.

About BBNC: Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA), BBNC works to ensure the continuation of the life and culture of its over 9,000 shareholders – the Eskimo, Indian and Aleut Natives of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region.

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