Cold water a possible factor with low fish return


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.

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

“This hatchery was started as a sport fish hatchery,” Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager Loren Thompson explained. “It still is, it’s the only one in southeast Alaska.”

According to the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, the facility was first stocked with Chinook from the Columbia River. Andrews Creek fish were used at the hatchery and spread from there as the initial stock used at many different Chinook projects across southeast Alaska....

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