Plans underway to restore burned hatchery

One of the burned hatchery buildings. (Photo courtesy ADF&G)

One of the burned hatchery buildings. (Photo courtesy ADF&G)

The operator of a salmon hatchery near Petersburg says it is moving forward with plans to rebuild the portion of the facility destroyed by fire in March.

The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association operates the state-owned Crystal Lake hatchery.

The association’s operations manager Bret Hiatt told the Greater Ketchikan Chamber Of Commerce Wednesday that the coho salmon release was lost in the fire and so was a large portion of king salmon.

The Ketchikan Daily News says that to compensate for the loss of coho, the operator is holding some of the 2014 release for 2015, when the destroyed fish would have been released.

The association hopes to have a simplified incubation structure completed by fall. Hiatt says the operator hopes to have control of the project.