Today, the EPA issued its Final Determination on protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. In response, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Steve MacLean, managing director of WWF’s US Arctic program.
The EPA’s determination is a major victory for Bristol Bay as well as Alaska Native communities. The decision rightly follows scientific consensus and the wishes of the majority of Alaskans. Home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay supports a sustainable fishery worth over $2 billion and more than 15,000 jobs. Today’s decision recognizes the value provided by this intact, healthy ecosystem and its critical importance to both wildlife and people.
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