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  1. ARMSTRONG-KETA, INC. PORT ARMSTRONG HATCHERY OVERVIEW 2009 ALASKA HATCHERY MANAGERS MEETING

  2. Taken from ADF&G Annual Hatchery Report 1999

  3. Hatchery Location • The Port Armstrong Hatchery is a non-regional, private non-profit facility owned and operated by Armstrong-Keta, Inc. • The hatchery is located at the outlet of Jetty Lake in Port Armstrong near the southern tip of Baranof Island along Chatham Strait.

  4. Port Armstrong History • The U.S. Whaling Company whaling Station from 1912 to 1923

  5. More Port Armstrong History • Buchan & Heinen herring reduction plant 1925 to 1958 • US Navy Seaplane base from 1940 to 1944.


  6. Port Armstrong in 2008

  7. Port Armstrong in 2008 • 7 permanent staff members • Permitted capacity of 85 million Pink • 30 million chum • 5 million king and Coho

  8. Port Armstrong Staff • Ben Contag-Manager • Jon Thorington-Maintenance Mngr • Justin Rose-Asst Mngr • Ken Merrill-Maint. Eng. • Jake Martinez-Fish Culturist II • Cyndol Claycamp-FCI • Tim Gangle-Hatchery Tech II

  9. Port Armstrong Pink Production • Began with BY83 • Sashin Creek stock • 2.5% average marine survival BY83-06 • 0.12% marine survival BY06

  10. Pink Release Strategies • Early years = early (Mar-Apr) and small (0.3-0.4g), results mixed low and high marine survivals • Recent years = Late (June) and Large (0.7-1.2 g), results low marine survivals • Near future = May 1 and as large as possible

  11. Port Armstrong Coho Production • Began with BY88 • Deep Cove and Sashin stocks • 7% average marine survival BY88-05 • 3% marine survival BY05

  12. Coho Release Strategies • Early years = Mid May and 18-22g, mixed low and very high marine survivals • Recent years = Early to mid June and 22-27g, low marine survivals • Near future = Mid May and as large as possible (smaller into winter, push spring growth)

  13. Port Armstrong Chinook Production • Began with BY85 LPW Unuk River stock, discontinued in 1992 • Restarted with BY01, LPW Unuk River stock • BY01 had 4.5% marine survival, BY02-04 not as good (~1%) • Began Zero check program with BY06

  14. King Release Strategies • Smolts into SW netpen w/FW lense in fall until Nov/Dec, over-winter in SW netpen, 35-50g early may release • Zero checks pond in Nov, indoor rear until early May transfer to SW netpen, 10g late May/early June release

  15. Port Armstrong Chum Production • Began with BY84 Security Bay Fall chum, discontinued in 1992 • Restarted with BY03 Hidden Falls stock • Marine survivals low so far (~0.5%) • Still trying to get up to full production (30 million), eggs difficult to obtain

  16. Port Armstrong HatcheryTools and Resources • Hydro Electric power, 22cfs, 150kw • HDPE extruder and fusion welding • Band Saw mill • Aluminum and Steel fabrication and welding • Fiberglass • Knuckle boom, barges, bobcat • Creative and Talented Staff

  17. HDPE • SSO2 contactors • Quick connect pens

  18. More HDPE • Airlift pump for adult harvest

  19. Band Saw Mill • Setting up the mill • Finished product in use- Red cedar deck rails

  20. Bird Deterrent • Weighted monofilament bird wires • Very user friendly

  21. The Neighbors

  22. Neighbor Deterrent • Shoulder fired recoilless air cannon • Shoots 3/4 inch projectile ~400 yards

  23. Winter Fun

  24. The End