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How to Save Bristol Bay Slideshow

How to Save Bristol Bay Slideshow

1) The Wonders of Wild Salmon

According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, wild salmon is a rarity these days, with more than half of the salmon on the global market coming from farms. Salmon farming is associated with numerous environmental and health risks, and the leading seafood sustainability organizations recommend avoiding it. This makes it all the more important to protect the wild salmon resources that we have, and Bristol Bay continues to welcome 40 million salmon to its waters each year. And if you've ever tasted farmed salmon next to wild, you already know there's just no comparison in taste.

2) Importance of Salmon to Bristol Bay

3) The Pebble Deposit

There's no doubt that the Pebble deposit is massive, estimated to be worth $200 to $500 billion. The mass of copper, gold, and molybdenum has been on the radar of mining corporations for a while, but recently the Pebble Limited Partnership started moving plans forward to develop North America's largest open pit mine in the Bay. The catch? The Pebble deposit lies in the headwaters of the region's two most important salmon spawning streams.

4) The Risks

The risks of the proposed Pebble Mine are far-reaching. The mine would be built in a seismically active zone and require the construction of the world's largest earthen dam to contain the billions of pounds of toxic waste rock that would be generated over the lifetime of the mine. Any release of the waste or metals has the potential to negatively impact the salmon run. Scientists have found that even small traces of copper in the waters affect a salmon's ability to smell and navigate. Factor in a potential mine accident or failing of the dam and we can say goodbye to Bristol Bay salmon as we know it.

5) The EPA Assessment

On May 18 the EPA released a draft watershed assessment of Bristol Bay. The report states clearly that any mining project would have damaging effects on the salmon habitat — even without a potential mining accident. The report also opened up a 60-day public comment period during which people can weigh in on whether the EPA should prevent harmful mining activities in Bristol Bay via the Clean Water Act. Telling the EPA our opinion is an easy step we can all take to make a difference.

6) What We Can Do Now

Speak out during the EPA's comment period, which ends July 23.

Are you a chef or food professional? Sign this national letter to President Obama urging him to protect our wild salmon resources.

Spread the word. Tell your family and friends. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. Post about the comment period on your blog.

Vote with your fork. The Bristol Bay salmon season begins at the end of June. The best way to show support for the resource is to eat Bristol Bay salmon. The survival of this fishing community depends on the choices we make as conscious consumers.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Bristol Bay Ambassadors: Steve & Jenn Kurian

Steve and Jenn Kurian now have three businesses working to get sustainable, delicious Bristol Bay salmon and other Alaska seafood into restaurants, backyard BBQs and plates across the U.S.

Better yet, they use a portion of their proceeds to help in the fight the proposed Pebble mine. Today, as their Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes launch making Bristol Bay sockeye and other delicious Alaskan seafood available to action-oriented seafood lovers nationwide, we wanted to tell you a little bit about the duo as part of our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program.

Learn about the Bristol Bay Ambassadors program here, and about the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes below, or on the websites, here and here.

Company/position: Steve Kurian, Wild for Salmon, Pride of Bristol Bay, Kurian Fisheries CEO, and business partner with my wife, Jenn.

Home City: Bloomsburg, PA (At least that is our winter home!)

Tell us about your businesses.

Wild for Salmon & Pride of Bristol Bay are family and fishermen-owned businesses focused on bringing healthy, sustainable, and affordable seafood to families across the U.S.

Jenn and I both grew up in central PA and, after our first summer in Alaska over 15 years ago, realized that Bristol Bay sockeye salmon was not represented as the premium source of wild protein in the East Coast market space. We started selling our catch of wild sockeye salmon at local Farmer's Markets and now distribute wild Alaska seafood through our brick and mortar store, wholesale accounts, buying clubs and two online stores offering the premium wild seafood -- and still attend many of our local Farmers Markets!

Tell us a little bit about your background and connection to Bristol Bay.

I graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forest Management and landed my first forestry job in Idaho soon after school. A friend from my time in Idaho introduced me to fishing, so I changed directions and headed north to try my hand at set-netting for salmon in Bristol Bay. Seventeen years ago, my wife, Jenn, and I first experienced Bristol Bay and the wild salmon that return there each summer. Our love for fishing, wild places, and adventure called us to change our careers and become commercial fishermen.

Why did you decide to dedicate a portion of your proceeds to Trout Unlimited for the Save Bristol Bay effort?

I believe that my love for wild places was embedded in my psyche as a young child. Growing up in the heart of Pennsylvania, we all fished and hunted. This area is coal country and the destruction of mining was obvious even to young kids. Every day I drive along a stream polluted by mine runoff. I can't imagine this happening in Bristol Bay, the last untouched pristine wild sockeye salmon ecosystem.

As a fisherman, I watch too many fishermen take this wild, renewable resource for granted. Trout Unlimited’s efforts to protect Bristol Bay and maintain the health of salmon and trout habitat are very impressive. Their work has inspired me to donate back to protecting the environment that fuels my love for adventure and upon which my family has built our livelihood.

When you think about heading back to the Bay each season, what makes you most excited?

In my mind’s eye, I think about all the millions of salmon that are headed back to Bristol Bay and how the cycle of life keeps on going.

As the airplane starts descending on the King Salmon airport, the landscape starts to come into view, snow-capped volcanoes to the south, lining the Ring of Fire, the pristine tundra ecosystem just coming out of a long winter freeze. Water everywhere--streams, lakes, and rivers -- are all full of life. The vast landscape is untouched by man, pure wilderness. the last of its kind. You can see how the water moves in every direction and know so quickly that this is no place for a mine that will pollute this environment.

When on the water, I picture the first "Jumpers" of the season. This is a fishing term that refers to salmon jumping out of the water as they head upriver to their spawning grounds. They just look so happy to be returning home.

What is the most rewarding part about helping the fight against Pebble mine?

For me, it's getting folks to make the connection between the amazing wild seafood that people want on their plates and the need to protect the Bristol Bay's ecosystem from mining that has destroyed so many miles of streams all across the world. I am still meeting folks every day who have yet to really understand where their seafood comes from many still haven’t heard of this issue.

We have a chance to protect one of the last great ecosystems left on the planet and I think it’s a fight worth fighting for my kids and their kids. Our family has made a commitment to wild places, and we just hope our children will have similar or better opportunities to take advantage of the great outdoors. Editor’s note: take a moment to say NO to pebble mine here!

Are you a sport fisherman?

I have been chasing trout since I was maybe 4 or 5 years old. I’m pretty sure that chasing brook trout as a kid in central PA is what taught me to think like a fish and become a commercial fisherman. June 8th is the opening day for rainbows on the Naknek River. I would head up to Lake Camp every morning at 4 a.m. to fish the night’s end of the salmon smolt migration out to sea. As schools of smolt migrate down the Naknek, big rainbow trout make the water boil. Fishing a big Dolly Llama, I hooked up a 28-inch rainbow. This was my first large trout landed on a fly rod.

When you think of the future of Bristol Bay, what gives you a sense of hope? What makes you concerned or worried?

The people who love the wild place, wild trout and salmon, coming together and making enough noise to keep the mining companies out make me hopeful. My concern comes as technology and greed take over the world, there are fewer people that love the wild places and are willing to take on this fight.

Anything else you want Save Bristol Bay readers to know?

This is the last place on earth where wild salmon continue to thrive in great numbers, untouched by the modern world, allowing you to eat as much wild salmon as you desire without health concerns from contaminants in the flesh. Once gone, it will be gone forever! Spread the word to protect these great fisheries in Bristol Bay.

If you believe in voting with your fork like we do, check out the Wildly Devoted Dinner Boxes!

These boxes are the ultimate opportunity to host a dinner for 8, enjoy high quality wild-caught salmon, and take action against Pebble Mine. Wild for Salmon and Pride of Bristol Bay are honored to offer this special box designed to start the conversation with your family and friends and tell the Army Corps of Engineers that we still stand AGAINST Pebble Mine.

Box includes: 8-6 oz.Sockeye salmon portions, 1-2.6 oz. bottle of Bristol Bay seasoning, 2-4 oz. pkgs smoked salmon, 1-8 oz. tub of Cajun smoked dip, 2 recipes, personal letter from Steve and Jenn Kurian, Take action information from TU, 8-comment cards, 8-"Wildly Devoted" stickers. Cost (including shipping to the lower 48) $99

Pride of Bristol Bay, formerly owned by Matt Luck, selling Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Also on Facebook and Instagram @prideofbristolbay

Wild for Salmon, selling wild Alaska salmon and other seafood choices. Also on Facebook and Instagram @wildforsalmon

Our Bristol Bay Ambassadors program highlights the people who help in the fight to save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine. As we said at the launch,"For every person we highlight, we know there are hundreds more, doing their part because they care about Bristol Bay." If you know someone who should be featured, please send us an email at jweis [at] tu [dot] org.


Watch the video: Bristol Bay Gillnetter, Fish hold Insulation Project (October 2021).