FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2019
BBNC Celebrates Alaska Wild Salmon Day
Saturday, August 10 marks the fourth annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day, a state holiday celebrating the enormous bounty of wild chinook, sockeye, coho, chum, and pink salmon Alaskans harvest each year. Jason Metrokin, president and chief executive officer of Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) issued the following statement:
“It would be difficult to name something more uniquely Alaskan and worthy of its own holiday than Alaska wild salmon. Wild salmon are the lifeblood of Bristol Bay, our shareholders, and countless families and communities across the state of Alaska. That’s why we put fish first and celebrate wild salmon – both today and throughout the year. While there are always reasons to celebrate a resource so vital to our way of life, Alaska Wild Salmon Day is also a reminder that these incredible fish cannot thrive without our active support and commitment to protecting their habitats. Alaska Wild Salmon Day should be a call to action for everyone who values salmon and what they mean to our state.”
Alaska Wild Salmon Day will be celebrated this year on the heels of another hugely successful Bristol Bay salmon run. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has reported a sockeye harvest of 43 million fish as of July 31st, the second largest Bristol Bay commercial sockeye harvest in history.
Alaska Wild Salmon Day was created in 2016 when HB 128 was signed into law. The bill, sponsored by Representative Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham, passed with the unanimous support of the Alaska Legislature. BBNC will be commemorating the holiday with a celebration and salmon bake for shareholders at its Anchorage office on Friday.
About BBNC: Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a responsible Alaska Native 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 www.bbnc.net.