'Red Gold' IMAX Screening at Aquarium Thurs.

New England Aquarium hosts free IMAX screening of "Red Gold," followed by Bristol Bay sockeye salmon bites and panel discussion on sustainable seafood including local Boston fishermen

Here's a great upcoming event at the New England Aquarium on Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m.  A group called Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay, with commercial fishing captain Katherine Carscallen traveling all the way from Bristol Bay, Alaska, will host a free screening of the award-winning film “Red Gold,” a documentary that showcases the beauty of Bristol Bay, Alaska, and the hardworking people who sustain themselves by fishing it.

Bristol Bay is home to the largest run of sockeye salmon on the planet, with an average of more than 37 million fish returning every year. The 130-year-old commercial fishery supports more than 12,000 American jobs and brings in $500 million in revenue annually, but it's threatened by the plan to dig the largest open-pit mine in all of North America -- putting the fish, jobs and economy at deep risk.

The film will show the unique lifestyle and self reliance of the people who live and work in Bristol Bay and why they’re so committed to protecting this incredible place from the the proposed Pebble Mine, which would store up to 10 billion tons of toxic mine waste in the heart of the watershed.

After the free screening, delicious Bristol Bay sockeye bites prepared by local Chef Josh Lewin of Beacon Hill Bistro will be served, followed by a panel discussion on the importance of sustainable seafood with Bristol Bay commercial fisherman Katherine CarscallenJared Auerbach, CEO of Red's Best Seafood, Darren Saletta, executive director of the Massachusetts Commercial Striped Bass Association, and Barton Seaver, National Geographic fellow and renowned chef.

To RSVP, please visit:  http://www.neaq.org/celebrateseafoodevents

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