Aaron Burmeister Wins 2021 BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award

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March 13, 2021

Aaron Burmeister Wins 2021 BBNC Fish First Iditarod Award

Anchorage, AK – Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Rohn checkpoint on the return route in the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Burmeister arrived in Rohn at approximately 4:26 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, with 14 dogs. The Fish First Award consists of 25 pounds of fresh Bristol Bay salmon fillets, $2,000, and a wood burned art piece by BBNC shareholder artist Apay’uq Moore.

“Bristol Bay Native Corporation is excited to present an award that supports our Fish First value,” said Jason Metrokin, BBNC President and Chief Executive Officer. “Both dog mushing and fishing are longstanding traditions in Bristol Bay. We congratulate Aaron on winning the 2021 Fish First Award.”

Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. BBNC has endorsed a Fish First value 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.


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. Learn more at