Experimental Program Helps Hatcheries Recover

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

Earlier this month, two hatcheries in Sitka both suffered devastating accidents over the same weekend. The Sheldon Jackson Hatchery lost about 240,000 salmon fry when a water intake pipe became blocked. At Medvejie Hatchery, a few miles south, the damage was worse.  A closed water-intake valve resulted in the loss of nearly a million Chinook fry. But Medvejie also has been conducting an experimental program that, in the weeks since the accident, has helped the hatchery recover from the damage caused by the accident.

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