Ak Fishing News: Proposed Refuge Named for Jay Hammond Could Nix Pebble
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A proposed Alaska state game refuge to be named after legendary bushrat governor Jay Hammond could close the door on mining development planned for Bristol Bay. Last week Hammond's widow, Bella, visited legislators in Juneau with a simple message, according to the Anchorage Daily News: "I think Jay would first and foremost think of protecting that area, mainly the fish and the game."
The proposed refuge would consist of 5 to 7 million acres of state lands in the headwaters of Bristol Bay drainages. Supporters claim the refuge would not preclude mining but would put more oversight in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where resources could be more closely protected.
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Hats off to Bella... you go, girl! You done your late hubbie proud!
"Let every angler who loves to fish think what it would mean to him to find the fish were gone."
The KeenEye MD