Originally published in Community News, January 30, 2014
PERC to screen salmon documentary
The public is invited to a screening of the award-winning documentary Red Gold, an hour-long film that takes viewers into the remote world of Bristol Bay, Alaska, home of the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, Penobscot East Resource Center announced in a news release. The film will be shown Monday, February 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Penobscot East Resource Center, 13 Atlantic Avenue in Stonington.
It introduces audiences to the commercial salmon set-net fishermen, Alaska Natives, and sport fishing guides who make their living and fill their pantries from the area’s abundant fisheries.
These same groups are now seeking to protect these abundant, renewable natural resources from the proposed Pebble Mine, the release states. This proposed copper and gold mine would be North America’s largest open-pit mine and would be located at the headwaters of two of the most productive salmon spawning rivers in the Bristol Bay watershed. Scientific studies have confirmed that if developed, the mine would have significant adverse impacts on wild sockeye salmon and the fishing activities that depend on it.
The movie will be followed by a discussion led by Sarah Schumann, seasonal Bristol Bay salmon cannery employee. There will be literature and opportunities to sign letters to help fishermen protect Bristol Bay permanently from large-scale mining.