For Immediate Release
March 11, 2017
Mitch Seavey Wins BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award for Second Consecutive Year
Anchorage, AK – Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Seavey also won the award for arriving first to Kaltag in the 2016 Iditarod.
Mitch Seavey arrived in Kaltag at approximately 7:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, with 13 dogs. BBNC Vice President, Associate General Counsel Daniel Cheyette presented a certificate for the Fish First Award: 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon filets and $2,000.
“BBNC congratulates Mitch Seavey for receiving the 2017 Fish First Award,” said Jason Metrokin, BBNC President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to present an award that supports BBNC’s Fish First value and are proud supporters of the Iditarod –an Alaskan tradition.”
Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. BBNC has endorsed a Fish First policy for land and resource management in Bristol Bay. In all land management and resource development decisions, adequate protections for fish and fish habitat will always be a priority.
Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Fish First Award will be re-presented to Mitch Seavey in Nome during the Iditarod Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.
About BBNC: Bristol Bay Native Corporation is a responsible Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, BBNC works to protect the land in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders.