Bristol Bay Fish Expo agenda keeps growing

Viktor Thompson and Julius Savo picking the fishing net near the Port of Bristol Bay on the Naknek River in Alaska.The Bristol Bay Fish Expo trade show event brings the community and seafood industry together to gear up, conduct business and talk fish. Photo courtesy Sharon Thompson/Bristol Bay Fish Expo

The second annual Bristol Bay Fish Expo June 8-9 at Naknek, has a growing list of sponsors, from the Naknek-King Salmon Chamber of Commerce to air carriers, processors and gear producers Grunden and NOMAR.

The central focus of the festivities, including speed hiring of fishing crews, a fashion show, and live auction, is to raise funds for Naknek’s Little Angels Childcare Academy, to support early education and childcare for this fisheries community. There will also be a gubernatorial debate.

Naknek, a community of 600 people, annually supports thousands of people who come to harvest and process the world famous Bristol Bay salmon run, fish which feed people all over the world.

Steelbird Productions has released a short video,, to showcase the variety of activities and participation in the 2017 event and encourage more sponsorships, donations and general participation this year.

Historian Katherine Ringsmuth will be the keynote speaker and hosting MugUp throughout the expo. Her ongoing work to preserve the history of Bristol Bay is now focused on the NN Cannery History Project.

Many items in the expo fashion show will be up for auction, along with other donated items, from electronics useful in the fisheries. Organizers are seeking donations of everything from food and beverage products and services to airline tickets, and gift certificates for cruises and lodge visits.


More updates on the event are online ta