Obama’s executive move protects a region that provides 40% of the nation’s wild-caught seafood and which supports up to $2 billion in commercial fishing every year. Bristol Bay is the natural habitat for numerous endangered species, including walruses, seals, sea otters, seals, and several species of whales.
“It’s something that’s too precious for us just to be putting out to the highest bidder,” Obama said in announcing his decision.
Environmental groups lauded the move. read more