The event, which attracts several thousand visitors, emphasizes the connection of all Alaskans to the salmon and waters that provide a sustainable food resource for the commercial, sport, personal use and subsistence harvesters. It began several years ago as Salmonstock, to educate the public about potential adverse environmental impacts of building the proposed Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska adjacent to the Bristol Bay watershed. Its goal is to educate more people about the need to protect and promote the abundant habitat that are spawning grounds and a transportation route for wild salmon.
Salmonfest is also recognized as a family-friendly occasion to enjoy music by nationally known and Alaska bands playing on four stages. This year’s headliners include Grammy winner Brandi Carlile, an American folk rock and Americana singer-songwriter from Ravensdale, Washington. Other popular bands on tap include Michael Franti and Spearhead, Fruition, Front Country, Gasoline Lollipops and Great American Taxi.
Many environmental entities participate in the annual event, with booths to share information on fisheries related issues.
Visit www.salmonfestalaska.org for the complete schedule, ticket prices, volunteer opportunities, and more.