Ketchikan Hatchery Seeks Grants to Expand

A Ketchikan nonprofit hatchery is seeking local and state grants to expand oyster and geoduck seed production

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by Associated Press

KETCHIKAN - A Ketchikan nonprofit hatchery is seeking local and state grants to expand oyster and geoduck seed production.
   
OceansAlaska works from a floating dock in Ward Cove. Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan says the dock is too small to be efficient.
   
The corporation is seeking $338,000 from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough as an economic development grant and a state grant of $2.4 million to build a land hatchery and eventually move into oyster and geoduck production.
   
The grant request envisions annual production of 50 million oyster seed and 3 million geoduck seed, 10 times current production.
   
Morgan says the operation has received large requests for oyster seed from oyster farms and that southeast Alaska has the water quality and phytoplankton to farm clams and produce seed.