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Pillar Creek Hatchery Kodiak, Alaska

Millions of juvenile salmon have been flying out the doors at the Pillar Creek Hatchery in Kodiak this season. The Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association’s   salmon stocking projects contributed  one-third of Kodiak’s commercial total salmon harvest just last year.  Since 1983, KRAA has worked hard to research and develop ways to enhance the production of salmon.  This year is no different, but due to the mild winter and even warmer spring it has brought great results and a lot of fish shuffling for the team.

“We have basically done three month of work in about five weeks.  The fish that were in the incubators came out early; just as the spring smolt were leaving. So we were basically taking fish out of the rearing containers, cleaning them and then putting fish right back into them.”

KRAA Hatchery Manager Al Seal says “Having no snow pack this winter and warmer weather kicked the rearing projects into high gear this spring.”

  “Well for us the higher ocean temperatures translated into great growths for the smolt camps.  The Telrod Lake fish started at around nine grams and when we did a pin release they were already at over 18 grams.  So basically they doubled in size in the three to four weeks that they were out there.”  

Seal and his team raise Sockeye, Chinook and Coho salmon at the Pillar creek hatchery, along with ten other rearing sites in Kodiak’s lakes, creeks and bays on the island.  They have moved and stocked over 3 million fish so far.

  “For the kings and the sockeye smolt, we are moving those on the truck a majority of them at about 11 thousand fish at a time per trip. It’s a lot of transporting on the truck and a lot of miles and a lot of hours in the truck to move these fish. You can only move them at so much density and you can only move so many at a time, in a five hundred gallon tank or two two-hundred and fifty gallon tanks on the trunks.  It’s been a marathon.”

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