08/03/2012 03:56 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2012

Bristol Bay Salmon Land On Southwest Alaska School Lunch Menus | Alaska Dispatch

Six years ago, the only fish being served in the schools of one of the richest fishing regions in the nation were breaded, battered farmed fish from distant shores. A conversation between a school district chef and a supervisor at Peter Pan Seafoods in Dillingham changed all that.

Now, a program encouraging fishermen to donate fish to the school lunch program is an annual event, and other areas of the state are following suit.

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