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Warm weather affects returns, incubation at Crystal Lake Hatchery


Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Kevin Chase opens a drawer filled with King Salmon eggs where they will incubate for the next several months.

After the warm weather that contributed to the death of more than 1000 King Salmon in Blind Slough earlier this summer, Crystal Lake Hatchery hasn’t incubated as many eggs as it would have liked.

Kevin Chase, Crystal Lake Hatchery Manager, said it finished its third and final round of egg takes from its King Salmon return yesterday morning.

“Our goal is a million and a half eggs,” Chase said. “Now we’re at 600,000 to 700,000.”

Crystal Lake will receive eggs from other hatcheries, including one in Juneau, in order to meet its goal.

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