Wild Ark Ambassadors Stand with Bristol Bay Advocates in Alaska
The Alaskan salmon runs are one of nature’s most amazing spectacles. Far in the north of Alaska, in one of America’s most beautiful, rugged and remote locations, the Bristol Bay rivers are the birthplace of millions of salmon. Small rivers and lakes feed into the great rivers, known as the Nushagak, the Kvichak, the NakNek and the Mulchatna.Learn more : http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/20/mick-fanning-the-conservationist-first-look-at-his-expedition-t/
Winters are dark and long, and summer days stretch almost without end in this exotic region near the top of the world. It teems with wildlife, from the millions of wild sockeye salmon which swim along the rivers to the massive herds of caribou which graze at the water’s edge. They provide food for the grizzly bears, wolf packs, and bald eagles which prowl hungrily across the land and through the skies. But it all goes back to the major rivers, which provide the lifeblood of this beautiful wonderland.Learn more : http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/29/david-pocock-will-spend-his-sabbatical-saving-the-world/
But maybe not forever. Wild Ark, a conservation organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the wilderness, is part of an alliance defending Bristol Bay from the onslaughts of pollution. Legendary Australian surfer and Wild Ark ambassador Mick Fanning traveled to Bristol Bay to highlight the dangers of proposed pit mining operations, as part of their broader mission to protect and preserve greenways for the animals that live there.
Mining companies describe southwestern Alaska as “desolate” and propose building Pebble Mine, the world’s largest open pit mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. The massive mine would require more power than is even used by Anchorage, Alaska, the state’s largest city, and would leave an estimated 2.5 to 10.78 billion tons of waste, which would have to be managed indefinitely to prevent massive pollution of the essential waterways.Learn more : https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/wild-ark#/entity
For ten years, advocates have fought to prevent the mining companies from building the open pit mine, which would tear apart the landscape for short-term profits and minerals, and build roads across fragile salmon streams. Wild Ark has a mission to protect nature for future generations and to preserve the precarious ecology of our planet for the plants and animals that live there.