Kodiak-based Chef Joel Chenet, owner of Kodiak’s Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries, is in town this week with a group of Bristol Bay residents, fishermen, and others who are in town to reiterate a request of the state legislature to take action to better ensure longterm protection for fisheries, subsistence culture, and public health in the Bristol Bay Watershed. Chenet decided to make the trip after traveling to Bristol Bay last summer, where he experienced Bristol Bay’s commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries first-hand.
In addition to meeting with legislators, Chenet will be preparing a spread of Bristol Bay salmon appetizers at a special celebration to be held from 6-8 p.m. tonight, March 17, at the Rookery, 111 Seward St.
The event will also feature the work of nationally acclaimed photographer Nick Hall. Hall’s Seasons of Subsistence Series, now on display at the Rookery, details the lives of those dependant upon Bristol Bay’s vibrant salmon runs – Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, and sport anglers. Hall’s exhibit overlaps with a similar exhibit at the Back Room, featuring the photography of Michael Melford. Melford’s photos, recently featured in December’s issue of National Geographic Magazine and a newly published book “Hidden Alaska,” have been on display at the Back Room since March 4. Both Hall and Melford have independently devoted their art to educating audiences about the importance of Bristol Bay as the world’s largest and most sustainable sockeye salmon fishery.