New Hatchery Project Planned in Southeast

A new king salmon hatchery project, aimed at improving local catches, is planned near Petersburg next spring.

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by Associated Press

PETERSBURG- A new king salmon hatchery project, aimed at improving local catches, is planned near Petersburg next spring.

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association plans to release 200,000 smolt near the mouth of City Creek, which is about three miles from downtown Petersburg.
The group's production manager, Bill Gass, says the fish are at Crystal Lake, which is an association-run king and coho hatchery facility on Mitkof Island. He says the plan is to take fish from the site in mid-April, rear them for about six weeks and then release them.
The project was proposed by a local charter operator and a state sportfish biologist as a way to potentially boost local catches.

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