"Alaska's Bristol Bay: Challenges and Opportunities" by Barton Seaverfrom Donna Gold
Barton Seaver, "Alaska's Bristol Bay: Challenges and Opportunities" McCormick Lecture Hall. Free.
Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay provides the best habitat for wild salmon on Earth. It is home to the world’s most abundant sockeye salmon fishery and one of the largest king salmon runs each year. A wilderness area largely untouched by development, Bristol Bay’s crystal-clear waters are reminiscent of the historic environments in which all Alaskan fish species once thrived. Despite its unmatched productivity and critical role in sustaining healthy salmon populations, Bristol Bay is under threat from foreign mining companies seeking to turn the watershed into an industrial mining district.
Pebble Mine not only risks the salmon but the culture of independent and native fisherman who have sustained on this resource for millennium. In fall 2012, renowned Chef Barton Seaver will be presenting a lecture series about this crucial natural resource, its place in the global ecosystem, and opportunities to help preserve the Bay with our forks.
Chef, author, speaker. and 2010 National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver is on a mission to restore our relationship with the ocean, the land, and with each other—through dinner. He believes food is a crucial way for us to connect with the ecosystems, people, and cultures of our world. He was Esquire magazine’s 2009 “Chef of the Year,” and was honored as a “StarChefs.com Community Innovator” as voted by over 1,000 chefs and culinary leaders worldwide. He has developed a list of ocean friendly substitutes for popular, yet depleted, seafood species, and co-created the Seafood Decision Guide to help consumers choose seafood based on health and environmental factors. In addition to being a highly sought after speaker, Barton makes regular appearances on TV and hosted a show entitled “In Search of Food” on the Ovation network, and he is featured on innumerable websites. (from )