EDITORIAL: Rebuild the hatchery
An early morning fire destroyed the incubation room and other infrastructure at the Crystal Lake Hatchery last week. The structural loss was valued at an estimated $3 million by the facility manager, Loren Thompson. The fish stock losses were pegged at over a million dollars in value to both the commercial and sport fisheries, which benefit from the annual releases from the hatchery.
The State of Alaska self-insures its loss and rebuilding the incubation facility is not a given in these tight budget times for the state.
However, it doesn’t take much computing to determine that the payback...