Native Alaskans to travel to mining company annual meeting to protest exploration near Bristol Bay

Anglo American, the London-listed mining group, will this week face accusations that it risks damaging one of the world's most valuable salmon habitats.

Alaskan tribal leaders and fishermen will come to London on Thursday to tell the company's annual meeting that plans to build an open-pit gold and copper mine in the Bristol Bay region will destroy the breeding grounds of sockeye salmon.

They claim that mining the ore deposit, which is located underneath some of the most important salmon spawning grounds, will generate as much as 10bn tonnes of mine waste and require 160bn litres (35bn gallons) of water to be taken from rivers.

Bobby Andrew, a spokesman for Nunamta Aulukestai, a group representing eight local villages, said that he hopes to persuade shareholders to reconsider the project.

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