Numerous creeks run off from the volcanic areas with natural PH levels below 2.5. in 1984 the summit lake (Ph2.3) of Mount Chiginagak drained into the King Salmon river. in 1985 we caught 40 million red salmon out of the drainage. The bottom line is that the fish are a whole lot less fragile. than the greenies would have you believe.
Ever here any more hype that for "Copper River Red Salmon? Besides being a brilliant marketing job, few realize that the copper river reds spawn in the tailings of the old Kennikott copper mine.
The communities of Bristol bay are another thing entirely. Six weeks of wonderful abundance are followed by 10 months of dependence, alcoholism, depression and the highest suicide rate in the country. These people could really use the year round jobs the mine would bring.