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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...

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