Alaska is a state flush with billions of dollars in surplus oil revenue.
not unusual to see our legislators spend a good chunk of that money every year on
capital projects — everything from road improvements to research equipment to
artificial turf for high school football fields.
reviewed the new capital budget the Legislature passed April 15 and couldn’t help but notice the
sizeable sums awarded to the state’s hatchery operators, as well as shellfish growers.
are a huge factor in Alaska’s “wild” salmon harvests. The hatcheries pump millions
of baby fish into the ocean, many to return as adult salmon that sustain commercial
fleets and processors.
tend to notice industries employing thousands of people, so it’s no surprise to
see some serious hatchery love in the capital budget.
helps to have a persuasive lobbyist in Juneau.
Cordova-based Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp., one of the state’s
biggest hatchery operators, employed two lobbyists this year for a combined
$75,000, state records show.
hatchery operator, Juneau-based Armstrong-Keta Inc., employed a lobbyist for $30,000,
and the Ketchikan-based Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association paid
its lobbyist $15,000.
here is a list of aquaculture items compiled from the capital budget bill, which is
headed to the governor for his signature — and for possible line item vetoes.
Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association — hatchery equipment and
deferred maintenance, $455,000
Lake Hatchery — deferred maintenance, $650,000
• Metlakatla Indian Community — design and construction of chum hatchery, $500,000
• Metlakatla Indian Community — net pens and hatchery improvements, $150,000
• Prince Of Wales Hatchery Association — hatchery equipment replacements and upgrades, $475,000
Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association — Hidden Falls Salmon Hatchery, $1,237,000
Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association — Medvejie Hatchery maintenance and
facility improvements, $900,000
Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association — Haines/Skagway spawning channels, $620,000
William Sound Aquaculture Corp. — Cannery Creek Hatchery, $5,263,000
William Sound Aquaculture Corp. — Main Bay Hatchery, $864,000
Inlet Aquaculture Association — Trail Lakes Hatchery, $1,025,000
Inlet Aquaculture Association — Tutka Bay Hatchery, $699,000
Pride Shellfish Hatchery, $460,000
Shellfish Mariculture Association — oyster remote setting facility, $60,000
Regional Aquaculture Association — Kitoi Bay Hatchery, $1,550,000
Regional Aquaculture Association — Pillar Creek Hatchery, $909,000
Shellfish Growers Association — shellfish industry technical assistance grants,
For a map of hatchery locations around the state, click here.