Friday, February 27, 2015

Mining Boom in Northern BC Threatens SE Alaska Fisheries

The BC Government's pro-mining agenda is threatening the livelihoods of people around the region who depend on healthy ecosystems, clean water and wild salmon. Perhaps nowhere is the impact of this mining boom bringing more anxiety over the possibility of disaster than in SE Alaska, where commercial fisheries are highly dependent on wild salmon stocks that return to three trans-boundary rivers. The Unuk, Stikine, and Taku rivers all draw their headwaters from the mountains of Northern BC, running west across the border and into Alaska. Each of these watersheds supports largely intact habitats, and healthy populations of wild salmon. Now a rash of mining proposals that would place mine tailing in their headwaters are threatening the future of these great rivers, and the BC Government has pushed forward mining proposals despite the opposition of downstream communities and the threats posed to other, sustainable industries.

Check out this short film and visit Salmon Beyond Borders for more information.

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