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FRONTLINE: Alaska Gold
Aired:
11/10/2009
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The growing battle to save the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in Alaska

 


Set netter Curtis Olson in Bristol Bay's Nushagak fishing district

FRONTLINE

Alaska Gold

Tuesday, 11/10 at 10 p.m. on CPTV

The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the last great wild Sockeye salmon fishery in the world. It’s also home to enormous mineral deposits — copper, gold, molybdenum — estimated to be worth some $300 billion. Now, two foreign mining companies are proposing to extract this mineral wealth by digging one of North America’s largest open-pit mines, the “Pebble Mine,” at the headwaters of Bristol Bay. FRONTLINE travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble, and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome. Learn more...

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