Burmeister wins Bristol Bay Native Corporation's Fish First Award
Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister of Nome received the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Fish First Award as the first to reach the Kaltag checkpoint in the 2015 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
Burmeister arrived in Kaltag at 8:49 p.m., Saturday, March 14, with 13 dogs.
BBNC Board Member Shawn Aspelund presented the Fish First Award: 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon filets and $2,000.
"Congratulations to Aaron. We hope he enjoys a taste of Bristol Bay," 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 policy."
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 Burmeister in Nome on Sunday, March 22, during the Iditarod Awards Banquet at the Nome Recreation Center.