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September 16-20 is Bristol Bay Salmon Week in DC

Wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska will be on the menu in restaurants across the
District from September 16-20

August 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC –From September 16 -20, 28 restaurants in Washington, DC and Wegmans

locations in Maryland and Virginia will feature wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, Alaska
on their menus and in their aisles. They are participating in the inaugural Bristol Bay Salmon
Week, sponsored by the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRDSA).
Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska is home to the world’s most prolific commercial wild sockeye
salmon fishery, responsible for producing more than half of the sockeye sold worldwide.

During the 2019 Bristol Bay fishing season, a near-record 43 million sockeye were harvested in
Bristol Bay, with over 56 million fish returning. These returns support over 10,000 jobs and a
billion-dollar annual economy associated with the over-130-year-old commercial fishery and a
thriving sport fishery, whose ripple effects extend far beyond Alaska. Just as important, these
epic summer runs that turn Bristol Bay’s rivers and streams red with salmon are the lifeblood of
a Millennia-old Alaska Native way of life.

“Bristol Bay Salmon Week gives is an opportunity to showcase these special fish that feed the
world,” said Andy Wink, executive director of BBRSDA. “I hope Washingtonians will visit our
partner restaurants to learn more about Bristol Bay and the sockeye it produces – and enjoy some
delicious wild food.”

Restaurants participating in the week are located across the city and are diverse in their fares. In
addition to some of the top seafood-focused restaurants in the District, Mitsitam Cafe at the
National Museum of the American Indian will prepare salmon using traditional recipes from the
Alaska Natives who call the Bristol Bay region home. Joining Mitsitam Cafe are a food truck,
delis, a fishmonger, several Asian restaurants, and many others. Each restaurant is taking its own
unique approach for featuring sockeye salmon on their menus, which itself showcases the
versatility of the fish.

Want to find out how DC restaurants are featuring salmon? Visit one of these participating
restaurants September 16-20:

Art and Soul

Blue Duck Tavern
The Bombay Club
Brasserie Beck
Brothers and Sisters
Brookland’s Finest
Call Your Mother Deli
Coppi’s Organic
The District Fishwife
Fast and Saucy food truck
High Street Café
Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian
Neopol Savory Smokery (three locations in DC & Baltimore)
The Red Hen
The Salt Line
Slapfish DC
Spoken English

While the primary purpose of Bristol Bay Salmon Week is to celebrate these incredible fish and
the amazing people who bring them to the world, it is also a recognition that the Bristol Bay
fishery faces threats. The proposed Pebble Mine, which is now going through the permitting
process, represents a significant, long-term threat to the world’s most abundant wild salmon run.

In addition to BBRSDA, other sponsoring organizations for Bristol Bay Salmon Week in DC are
Antarctica Advisors, LLC, the Conservation Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, the
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and United Work and Travel.

For more information about Bristol Bay Salmon Week, please visit You can also follow the conversation on social media at
#BristolBaySalmonWeek to learn more about how participating restaurants are featuring
salmon. We will also have people who rely on Bristol Bay’s bounty available to speak to the
media upon request, as well as representatives from some of the participating restaurants.


Lewis Lowe, 202-333-2234