Alaska celebrates its first Wild Salmon Day today, and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is asking everyone in the state to celebrate by cooking, eating, catching, photographing and sharing their favorite photos of wild salmon on social media.
Bristol Bay Native Corp. will mark the occasion with a public salmon bake, featuring fresh wild Bristol Bay salmon, guest speakers and live entertainment in Anchorage. BBNC will also be a supporting partner at events taking place today in Dillingham, Naknek, New Stuyahok, Nondalton and Togiak.
And The Alaska Center, in partnership with Cook Inletkeeper, Trout Unlimited and the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, will host a barbecue, with grilled salmon and scoops of ice cream at Cuddy Park in midtown Anchorage.
In Fairbanks, a forum is planned on “Local connections to Chinook Salmon”
House Bill 128 signed into law on May 8 by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, designates Aug. 10 of every year as Alaska Wild Salmon Day, to celebrate the enormous bounty of wild king, sockeye, coho, chum and pinks salmon harvested in the state annually.
Drafters of the bill are encouraging all Alaskans to observe the day with educational and celebratory events, projects and activities.