Letter: Misinformation about hatcheries

Through Nancy Hillstrand

Update: seven hours ago Published: seven hours ago

Why Rep. Sarah Vance’s Misguided Bill 52 Falsely Claims China Poot Bay Sockeye Salmon Depend On The Tutka Pink Salmon Hatchery So They Can Carve Out The Heart Of The Habitat Area review of Kachemak Bay State Park? Department of Fish and Game documents confirm that the hero of China Poot’s sockeye salmon is the Trail Lakes Hatchery near Moose Pass, not the ailing and insolvent Tutka Hatchery.

According to Tutka Hatchery Annual Management Plan and Reports (FMR) 07-42 from 1998, signed by senior Fish and Game staff and its deputy commissioner: were plagued with infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus ( NHI) at the Tutka Hatchery, the experimental sockeye salmon program was relatively short-lived, suspended in 1998. In 2004, the CIAA halted all operations at the Tutka Hatchery, essentially ending incubation and large-scale annual release of pink salmon. programs.”

Given that Trail Lakes continued Chinese poot fishing after the Tutka Hatchery closed in 2004, why is Rep. Vance using this excuse? Fish and Game’s pathological assessment states, “As of 2005, the lagoon has been used only as a ‘saltwater release site’ for sockeye smolts reared in the Trail Lakes Hatchery operated under the Trail Hatchery License. Lakes.

Even the shallow, warming “saltwater release site” that empties into Tutka Sound poses deadly problems for sockeye salmon. CIAA Director Dean Day explained the active search for a “freshwater release site” favorable to sockeye salmon, such as its Hazel, Kirshner and Leisure lakes which flow into China Poot: as early as 2014, we looked for alternative locations. Port Graham was unsuccessful for a number of reasons related to the volume of fresh water available. Kirshner has been investigated, but it’s a challenge. To date, we have not been able to locate an area. We had problems, bags of lentils at Tutka Lagoon…”

The lagoon is shallow warmed salt water. Sockeye salmon need fresh water. The CIAA therefore uses bags of artificial lentils – a fake lake, a floating paddling pool – which, unfortunately, also contribute to the mortality of sockeye salmon. Don’t be fooled by Rep. Vance’s misleading hearsay. Trail Lakes Hatchery is your China Poot sockeye salmon hero, not the insolvent and ailing Tutka hatchery that HB52 uses to desecrate our park’s critical habitat as a feeding yard and dumping ground for unfavorite roses.

—Nancy Hillstrand


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