Casey Sixkiller, the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, has sent a recommendation to EPA headquarters to protect the area by vetoing the proposed mine.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the credit belongs to the fishermen themselves.
For decades, the U.S. government has failed to test for chemicals and metals in fish. ProPublica and Oregon Public Broadcasting did, and what they found was alarming for tribes.
Right now, it takes years for money to reach skippers and their crews.
The company pled guilty to illegally burning fuel and waste at its hatcheries, which led to a worker being seriously injured.
Sockeye salmon made up about two-thirds of the state’s total value this year, mostly due to the record-breaking Bristol Bay fishery.
Southeast fishermen harvested more than 80% of the king salmon statewide this year.
When asked what they would do to address declining salmon stocks, all candidates pointed to bycatch as a continued threat to salmon and crab across the state.
The shortfall was due to a combination of a much lower harvest and a smaller price per pound.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced earlier this month that the Bering Sea snow crab fishery will not open, for the first time in its history.