Save Bristol Bay! Fundraiser for world-class salmon fishery at Beveridge Place Pub on March 11

Interested in helping Trout Unlimited raise funds to combat a mining corporations plan to turn the world’s most productive sockeye fishery (located in Alaska) into a hard rock mine in search of gold and copper?

Brian Cole, 20-year West Seattle local, avid fisherman and champion of Bristol Bay’s sustainable future, provides that opportunity this weekend.

Where: Beveridge Place Pub (6413 California Ave S.W.)
When: 2-5 p.m.
What: Raffle, silent auction, smoked salmon (50 pounds donated by West Seattle’s own Seattle Fish Company), beer and a Trout Unlimited representative on hand to explain the situation at Bristol Bay

Join us for a outdoor-themed silent auction to support Trout Unlimited in their efforts to protect Bristol Bay salmon habitat. As wild salmon disappear around the globe, Bristol Bay, Alaska continues to produce the world’s largest sockeye salmon fisheries and one of the largest king salmon runs. The reason for this is clear; the Bay’s freshwater salmon habitat is largely untouched by development. However, the bay is under threat from foreign mining corporations that want to turn the watershed into an industrial mining district. North America’s largest open-pit mine is proposed for an area that straddles two of the bay’s most important salmon streams. If plans for the Pebble Mine are allowed to proceed, they risk destroying a $360 million commercial and sport salmon fishery that celebrated its 125th year in 2009.

Brian has pulled together support and generous donations from such West Seattle businesses as Seattle Fish Company, Elliott Bay Brewing, Mashiko, Abbondanza, and, of course, the Beveridge Place Pub. Other Seattle and international businesses have thrown in as well: Filson, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Ex Officio, Georgetown Brewery, Avid Angler, Ray's Boathouse, to name a few.