March 11, 2023


Ryan Redington wins 2023 Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as First Musher to Reach Kaltag

Anchorage, AK – Iditarod musher Ryan Redington received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first musher to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2023 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Redington arrived in Kaltag at 12:47 p.m. today with 12 dogs. BBNC employee and shareholder Christine Brandon traveled to Kaltag to present the award, which consists of 25 pounds of fresh Bristol Bay salmon filets, $2,000, and a wood burned art piece by BBNC shareholder artist Apay’uq Moore.

“Bristol Bay Native Corporation congratulates Ryan and his team for a great race so far and for being the first into Kaltag,” said Jason Metrokin, BBNC President and CEO. “Both dog mushing and fishing are longstanding traditions in Bristol Bay, and we’re excited to honor both with the annual Fish First Award. We wish Ryan the best of luck through the rest of the race and hope they enjoy the taste of Bristol Bay this summer.”

Bristol Bay is home to one of the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon fisheries. BBNC has endorsed a Fish First value for land and resource management in Bristol Bay, meaning that in all land management and resource development decisions, adequate protections for fish and fish habitat will always be a priority.


About Bristol Bay Native Corporation: Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a diversified 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




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