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A Holiday Shoppers Guide to Supporting Bristol Bay

In 2019, we saw huge successes and persisting challenges in our efforts to stop the proposed Pebble mine. Despite delivering over 685,000 public comments opposing Pebble and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and moving Senator Murkowski to see the fast-tracked nature of the permit review process, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to push Pebble toward becoming a reality in Bristol Bay. In the first six months of 2020, the Corps is scheduled to issue Pebble’s most important federal permit.  

Put simply, we have a short window to urge decision makers at all levels to deny this permit. Then, we’ll work together to stop the proposed Pebble mine altogether in 2020.  

While continuing to write and call our Senators is the most important thing we can do right now to stop Pebble, supporting the Save Bristol Bay coalition financially gives us a huge boost in our coordinated and strategic efforts to halt this mine proposal. With the upcoming holidays, please consider purchasing products from partners who have gone above and beyond in helping us have the resources we need in order to fight Pebble.  

Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay. Give the gift of wild Alaska salmon this season! Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay catch, package and ship wild Alaskan sockeye salmon and other seafood across the country, and are “wildly devoted,” meaning 1% of their proceeds are returned to helping save Bristol Bay. Check out buying clubs and direct to door options.
Art #InspiredByBristolBayBristol Bay Native artist and advocate, Apayuq Moore, tells the story of her ancestors and their connection to salmon through her paintings. Buy prints and accessories of Apayuq’s work and Bristol Bay local artists!
Rep Your WaterCaps that give back: Rep Your Water’s No Pebble Mine hat donates 50% of the proceeds to sportsmen’s efforts to stop Pebble.
Salmon SistersPartnering with Rep Your Water, commercial fishing sisters Emma Teal Laukitis and Claire Neaton have created gear inspired by their experiences fishing Bristol Bay waters. 1% of proceeds from their hats are donated to the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
We Buy GoldDon’t be confused by their name. Our friends on the East Coast have created a special Save Bristol Bay pennant that would hang well in a college dorm room or your fly shop walls. Net proceeds from the pennant are being returned to Trout Unlimited’s efforts to stop Pebble.
BlackStrapFor your next adventure, grab a No Pebble mine neck tube that will keep you warm, and also tell your fellow outdoor enthusiasts that you support Bristol Bay. All proceeds from this item are donated to the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
The trip of a lifetime. Give the avid angler in your life their bucket list trip with a week at a world-class Bristol Bay lodge. Check out the Trout Unlimited Business members in Bristol Bay and book a stay for the 2020 fishing season. P.S. Bug spray might be a good stocking stuffer.
Vedavoo Patch. Our friends at Vedavoo hand-make awesome gear for your next outdoor adventure. Add on a “No Pebble” patch to your purchase or buy a loose one for your already worn gear. $10 from each patch sale are donated back to Save Bristol Bay!
“The Salmon Way” . Give the gift of Bristol Bay inspiration this holiday season. Amy Gulick’s new book, “The Salmon Way” captures the natural beauty of Bristol Bay, the stories of people who have lives there for thousands of years, and the grit that makes the region so special.
Bristol Bae apparel. Alaska artists think Bristol Bay is B.A.E (Before Anything Else). Pick up a tshirt, tanktop or hoodie to show your love for the Bay! A portion of the proceeds from these sales are donated back to the Save Bristol Bay campaign.
Sticker Stocking Stuffer. A “No Pebble mine” sticker is a great addition to any gift. These stickers are plastered across the country on vehicles, coolers, water bottles, rod tubes and anywhere else you can think of. When you purchase stickers, you can make a donation in the name of someone else to help support the Save Bristol Bay campaign.

As we enter a busy shopping and giving time, we encourage you to choose gifts that tell the story of Bristol Bay, give others a taste of the incredible fishery, or products that help spread the word about Pebble and give back to efforts to stop it from becoming a reality. 

To our business partners and supporters: thank you from the bottom of our fish-filled hearts. In this season, we are incredibly grateful for your generosity, commitment and efforts to stand with us for Bristol Bay. Happy holidays from the Trout Unlimited Save Bristol Bay family to yours! 

By Meghan Barker.