Fairbanks hatchery opens to the public

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The public will have the first opportunity this weekend to tour a $50 million fish hatchery in Fairbanks.

Reports say the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will open the Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery to the public on Friday.

The opening is in conjunction with the opening of the annual Fairbanks Outdoor Show, which also starts Friday at the nearby Carlson Center.

The hatchery will offer visitors the opportunity to see where tens of thousands of fish are grown yearly for sport anglers.

A 5,000-gallon aquarium with hatchery-raised fish inside will greet visitors entering the building.

The hatchery has been open 18 months, but did have funding to staff the visitors center, which is known as the Tanana Valley Fisheries Center.