Friday, December 13, 2013

Beautiful Footage from Bristol Bay's Iliamna Lake

Iliamna Lake is the largest lake in the Bristol Bay watershed and has historically supported one of the largest populations of sockeye in the world. Since 1946 researchers from the University of Washington's Alaska Salmon program have been studying and documenting salmon populations in the Bristol Bay region, producing a tremendous body of foundational  research and providing data that has supported the management of the worlds most sustainable salmon fishery.

The vast majority of you are probably well aware of Pebble Mine, a massive open pit mine proposed for the headwaters of the Iliamna system. However, many of us who have opposed the mine we have never been fortunate enough to experience the Bristol Bay region first hand. A new short film by Jason Ching, a staff biologist with the UW Salmon Program provides a stunning glimpse into the wonders of Iliamna Lake and the work being done by UW in the watershed.

Salmon Research at Iliamna Lake, Alaska 2013 from Jason Ching on Vimeo.

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