Dozens of businesses nationwide with an economic interest in the Bristol Bay fishery have come together to form a coalition known as Businesses for Bristol Bay. Amongst them are major outdoor brands like Orvis, Simms, YETI, Sitka, and many more. They’re joined by commercial fishing processors, well known supermarket chains like Publix and HyVee, as well as professional chefs and restaurants across the country as well. Why? Because the Bristol Bay fishery generates $1.5 billion annually for America’s economy and supports upwards to 14,000 jobs. Simply put, Bristol Bay means business!
Some of these great partners have made it easy to support the campaign via purchases of special edition products. Check some of them out below. Holiday shopping anyone? We know what we’re asking for!
- Nautilus Reels. Thanks to a generous matching donation from the S. Kent Rockwell Foundation, Nautilus helped raise $12,500 for Bristol Bay by producing a limited edition of twenty five No Pebble Mine reels. The response was amazing, and the initial run sold out in less than 36 hours!
- Sight Line Provisions. Edgar Diaz turns out some incredible items from his workshop in Austin, TX. Make sure to take a peek at the exclusive No Pebble Mine edition of their sockeye salmon leather cuff. 50% of the proceeds go toward protecting Bristol Bay.
- Simms Fishing Products. Bristol Bay was featured during Simms’ Save Our Streams initiative. All of the men’s and women’s t-shirts featuring artwork by a Bristol Bay artist have been sold by Simms, raising thousands of dollars. However, if you are in Alaska, you might still be in luck. There may still be some available from a local group in Bristol Bay. If interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- RepYourWater. The good folks at RepYourWater took the iconic “No Pebble Mine” circle logo and gave it a fresh new twist (see photo above). The design has been incorporated into both decals, and hats. In fact, the hats have sold out of not one, but several production runs already! A new batch is expected in early spring, but you can also contact RepYourWater to inquire about dealers in your area that may have still have some in stock. Also, be on the lookout over the next six weeks for a Fish Mask featuring the No Pebble Mine design.
Rumor has it that more special Bristol Bay items could be in the pipeline from additional partners in coming months. So, if you’re planning on doing some shopping in the near future (ahem, the holidays are coming), why not support Bristol Bay at the same time?
For more on the Businesses for Bristol Bay coalition along with information on other ways you can get involved, be sure to check out their website by clicking right here.