Captain Johnathan Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit gives the plain and simple reasons to oppose Alaska’s proposed Deadliest Mine: “To let some foreign company come in that’s gonna sell this stuff to China — it’s ridiculous… I can’t even believe this is still on the table.”
Pebble Mine is the massive gold and copper mine being proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, the world’s largest salmon fishery.
Hillstrand has a right to be concerned about the proposed Pebble Mine; the F/V Time Bandit – featured on Discovery Channel’s The Deadliest Catch – is a tender every summer in Bristol Bay, where Pebble is proposed. The boat picks up salmon from Bristol Bay’s fishing boats and brings the harvest back to the processors. The F/V Time Bandit is also responsible for getting fuel, groceries and mail to the fishing boats. Johnathan’s family has been tendering in Bristol Bay for over 30 years.
Last Spring, Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay hosted a telepress event featuring Hillstrand and other seafood leaders during the release of a crucial Bristol Bay Economic Report. This report illustrates that Bristol Bay creates $1.5 billion in economic impact and produces 14,000 jobs nationwide, every year. Captain Johnathan has been an industry leader in bringing attention to Pebble Mine and helping mobilize his fans to comment on the EPA’s recent draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. A staggering 650,000 people supported the EPA’s assessment.