June 21, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 25

Cold water a possible factor with low fish return

The Crystal Lake Hatchery began operation in Petersburg in 1973 and is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in southeast Alaska.

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Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson describes the new heat transfer system for the hatchery. This system heats the ambient water to a more comfortable temperature for the growing King Salmon.

“This hatchery was started as a sport fish hatchery,” Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson explained. ...

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