Bristol Bay is a region in southwestern Alaska renowned as the most significant source of wild sockeye salmon in the world, as well as of other species of Pacific salmon and herring. Unfortunately, it also contains other valuable resources: gold, copper, and molybdenum (a metal used to make steel alloys), and the extraction of these minerals would likely destroy the world-class commercial and recreational fisheries essential not only to the people who call this region home, but far beyond as well. Mining development threatens Native tribes and the salmon-based subsistence way of life that has sustained them for 4000 years. In addition to millions of migrating salmon, Bristol Bay provides important habitat for many other species including millions of seabirds, sea otters, seals, walruses, Beluga and Orca whales, and the endangered North Pacific Right whales.
||Carl Johnson and Sandra Day O'Connor
||Where Water Is Gold: Life and Livelihood in Alaska's Bristol Bay
||August 1, 2016
"Where Water is Gold is a masterpiece and a visual delight, but Carl's caring commitment is what takes it to a higher level." (Jim Brandenburg, National Geographic photographer, filmmaker, and environmentalist)