Last week, the Department of Natural Resources announced that amendments to the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan had been finalized.
DNR agreed to undertake a review of the 2005 BBAP after six area tribes, Trout Unlimited, and the Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association filed suit filed against the state. In broad terms, the plaintiffs alleged that the state had traded protections for fish and wildlife habitat and made mineral development easier on much of the state’s 12 million uplands in Bristol Bay.
The state settled the lawsuit, and eventually offered these changes. On the surface, the amendments seem to be favorable to the plaintiffs. But they, and others who touted the Citizen's Alternative plan this spring, say they're not yet ready to weigh in.
KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:
Find more information about the 2005 Bristol Bay Area Plan and the final amendments here.