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Moir’s Environmental Dialogues

Moir’s Environmental Dialogues

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January 10th 2013: Saving Bristol Bay Salmon, Alaska’s Red Gold

Bristol Bay Alaska fishermen Katherine Carscallen and Brett Veerhusen talk with Rob about the world’s finest salmon fishery for indigenous people, for commercial fishermen and for recreational anglers. This is breathtakingly beautiful, awesomely wild country and a way of life that most of us assume no longer exists. Katherine and Brett want us all to care passionately for Bristol Bay and for the salmon known as “Alaska’s red gold.” Only then can we comprehend the problem with building the ginormous Pebble Mine at the head of all of Bristol Bay rivers. Will you care if Katherine’s and Bret

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Katherine Carscallen

Katherine Carscallen is third generation commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. Born and raised in Dillingham, Alaska, Katherine was raised in the salmon gill net fishery, and now captains her boat, the F/V Sea Hawk. In the off season, Katherine works to protect the Bristol Bay fishery from threats like the proposed Pebble Mine. She is works as an organizer with the group Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, and also sits on the Board of Directors for the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association.
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Brett Veerhusen

Brett Veerhusen, originally from Homer, Alaska, grew up commercial fishing throughout Alaska and currently owns and operates the F/V Finnegan in Bristol Bay. He has extensively fished throughout the state, from the Aleutian Islands to Southeast, for salmon, halibut and herring. Brett is active on the campaign to stop the proposed Pebble mine, which threatens his livelihood along with the ecosystem that supports thousands of fishermen and subsistence users. He is attaining his Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and lives in Seattle. He is fluent in Spanish and has lived and worked in Nicaragua and Spain.
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