Seavey wins Fish First award, again
For the second year in a row, a long-time Iditarod musher will take home the prize for being the first to make it to Kaltag.
Mitch Seavey will receive 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon fillets and $2,000 from the Bristol Bay Native Corporation for leading the pack to Kaltag.
BBNC gives the prize, called the "Fish First Award," each year in recognition of Bristol Bay's sockeye fishery and the company's "Fish First" policy for land and resource management in the Bay.
In a statement, BBNC President and CEO Jason Metrokin congratulated Seavey on his award.
"BBNC congratulates Mitch Seavey for receiving the 2017 Fish First Award," Metrokin said in the statement. "We are excited to present an award that supports BBNC's Fish First value and are proud supporters of the Iditarod — an Alaska tradition."
Seavey also won that award last year. Associate General Counsel Daniel Cheyenne presented him with a certificate for the award at the checkpoint, and it will be re-presented to Seavey during the Iditarod Awards Banquet in Nome.