A new partnership between the Seattle Kraken and Bristol Bay fishermen will offer fans of the National Hockey League team wild Alaska salmon and Pacific cod options for snacking during home games at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.
Bristol Bay Native Corp. announced the opening of the Bristol Bay Wild Market at the arena on Sept. 1, in collaboration with the NHL team, BBNC, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association and Bristol Wild Seafood Company, a subsidiary of BBNC.
“As a proud partner of the Seattle Kraken, creating the marketplace with your incredible partners is the natural next step in promoting the best of Bristol Bay, while educating arena visitors about Alaska and the bold, cooperative spirit of our people,” said Jason Metrokin, president and chief executive officer of the regional Alaska Native corporation.
To Andy Wink, executive director of the BBRSDA, the new marketplace affiliated with the professional ice hockey team is an opportunity to share the stories of the Bristol Bay drift gillnet fleet and organization, and give ice hockey fans a taste of Bristol Bay’s famed wild salmon and Pacific cod from the Bering Sea.
“The respect given to the environment and treatment of fish results in a better-quality product and will help our customers understand what sustainable fishing means for future generations,” said Everette Anderson, president of BWSC.
Companies and environmental entities with a strong connection to Bristol Bay’s famed sockeye salmon fishery, with a 2021 harvest of over 40 million salmon, have made an ongoing effort to promote the importance of healthy habitat for the salmon fishery, which supports thousands of jobs, as well as the subsistence lifestyle of many area residents and sustenance for a vast number of wildlife in Southwest Alaska. Fishermen and conservation groups are concerned that if the proposed Pebble mine is built abutting the Bristol Bay watershed that it will pose serious environmental risk to salmon spawning habitat. Promoters of the mine have maintained that the massive mine can be constructed and operate without causing environmental harm to the fishery.