Highlights from the Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment
- 46% of the global abundance of wild sockeye (37.5 million fish annually) are found in Bristol Bay.
- Nushagak River Chinook salmon run can reach over 200,000 fish.
- 35 fish species (all 5 species of Pacific Salmon Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Grayling, Arctic Char, lake trout, and Northern pike), 190 bird species, 40 terrestrial species are potentially impacted.
- Direct loss of 55 to 85 miles of streams and 4 to 6.7 square miles of wetlands could result from Pebble.
- If all major claims were developed, a direct loss of 114 miles of stream and a 30 square miles of tailings storage facilities would result.
- Tailings spill would eliminate 28% of the Nushagak Chinook run.
- Populations of Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden could be lost for decades.