For Immediate Release
Contact: Guy Fullhart, General Manager
We at Mission Lodge have exciting news to share from the shores of Lake Aleknagik in Alaska's beautiful Bristol Bay watershed. In May 2012, long-time owner Dale DePriest successfully closed a sale of the Mission Lodge to Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC). The sale helped DePriest realize an important retirement goal while at the same time assuring the continuation of his vision for the Mission Lodge. "The sale returns the property to local, Alaska Native ownership and provides new and exciting opportunities for my dear friends Guy and Sarah Fullhart," said DePriest.
BBNC is seeking opportunities to invest in the Bristol Bay region and tourism has been an area of interest for some time. "We are very excited to have re-entered the region through a tourism investment and believe we have found a great fit with the Mission Lodge and Guy and Sarah Fullhart," said BBNC President & CEO Jason Metrokin.
BBNC is a strong advocate for conservation and responsible development, and is a leader in the fight against the Pebble mine that threatens Bristol Bay waters and fisheries. "We are very focused on protecting Bristol Bay and I believe that the values of BBNC and very much in line with the customers of the Mission Lodge," said Metrokin.
Guy and Sarah Fullhart have joined the BBNC team and will continue to manage the lodge operations. "We are very happy to be a part of BBNC and are really pleased that their vision is to keep the Mission Lodge unchanged. Our guests can expect the same feel and exceptional experience that they have come to know and love," said Sarah Fullhart. "We all share a common bond and love for this incredible region of Alaska. This new chapter for Mission Lodge more tightly connects the lodge with the region and together will help us learn from each other and strengthen our common fight to protect this land for many generations to come," said Guy Fullhart.
About Mission Lodge: The Mission Lodge is one of Alaska's premier sports fishing lodges located in the Bristol Bay in the village of Aleknagik. Mission Lodge offers unparalleled fishing opportunities for all five species of wild pacific salmon, trophy rainbow trout and numerous other species. The Mission Lodge offers an all-inclusive experience for the discerning angler and adventure traveler. More information can be found online at www.missionlodge.com.
About BBNC: BBNC is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation has over 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. BBNC supports responsible resource development, defined as development that is fiscally, environmentally and socially sustainable, serving the long-term interests of our people, our region, and our businesses. More information can be found at www.bbnc.net.