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October 12, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Bristol Bay Road Show coming to Seattle next week

The Save Bristol Bay Road Show is coming to the Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St. in Ballard 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.

The free event is to raise awareness and build support for protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska, which is threatened by the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine. The mine, potentially three times as large as the largest mine in North America, puts thousands of fishing jobs at risk — including nearly 1,000 in Washington state — along with a Native way of life that has existed for centuries. The real gold in Bristol Bay is the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery, a sustainable resource that returns year after year.

There will be a screening of “Red Gold,” salmon bites prepared by Chef Christine Keff of Flying Fish and Chef Wayne Johnson of Andaluca; plus a panel discussion; and cool gear giveaway (including a fly rod and reel set from Orvis worth more than $500).

Featured guest speakers are Melanie Brown, an Alaska Native and commercial fishermen; Ben Blakey, of family-run, Seattle-based seafood processor Snopac Products; and Brett Veerhusen, a Seattle-based commercial fisherman and upcoming reality show star; will share the importance of Bristol Bay as an economic engine, source of jobs, and resource for food.

The Road Show is sponsored by the generous support of companies including Tiffany & Co., Patagonia, ExOfficio, Icicle Seafoods, Orvis, Sage, and Chef’s Collaborative.

For information, visit the Save Bristol Bay Road Show website.

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