U.S. Members of Congress urge protections for Alaska salmon fishery

More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon.

Democrats say federal proposal to ease restrictions on mining in Bristol Bay region egregious

Workers with the Pebble Mine project test drill in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Democrats say a federal proposal to ease restrictions on mining in the area is egregious and illogical. (The Associated Press)

More than 40 U.S. House and Senate members have asked President Donald Trump to maintain protections for Alaska's Bristol Bay region, which produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon.

The Democrats say a federal proposal to ease restrictions on mining in the area is egregious and illogical.

Alaska's Bristol Bay region produces about half of the world's sockeye salmon. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

The stalled Pebble Mine project received new life when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it would move to lift restrictions on development sought by the Obama administration as part of a legal settlement.

The mine's developer recently unveiled plans for a smaller project.

The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Rep. Jared Huffman of California, seeks additional public hearings and comment time.

Members of Alaska's all-Republican delegation didn't sign it.