Iditarod musher Mitch Seavey received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Seavey arrived in Kaltag at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, with 13 dogs. BBNC Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Torrison presented the Fish First Award: 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon filets and $2,000.
“On behalf of BBNC, I’d like to congratulate Mitch Seavey. We hope he will enjoy the taste of fresh Bristol Bay salmon this summer,” said Jason Metrokin, BBNC President and Chief Executive Officer. “BBNC is proud to support this Alaskan tradition, and we are excited to present an award that supports our Fish First value.”
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.
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award will be re-presented to Mitch Seavey in Nome during the Iditarod Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.