PORT ARMSTRONG HATCHERY
The Port Armstrong hatchery is set in the remote wilderness of Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska. AKI began construction of the Port Armstrong Hatchery in 1981 and collected its first pink salmon eggs in 1983. and first chum eggs in 1984. The hatchery is located along Chatham Strait, at the outlet of Jetty Creek in Port Armstrong. It is just two bays north of the traditional "King Salmon Capital of Alaska", Port Alexander, and two bays south of the National Marine Fisheries Service Little Port Walter Research station. The scientists of Little Port Walter have been pioneers in developing Alaskan salmon aquaculture techniques and a tremendous nearby resource over the years for the Port Armstrong Hatchery staff. The Port Armstrong Hatchery employs a hatchery crew of ten to twelve full and part-time employees and is directed by Hatchery Manager Ben Contag. Other staff includes an assistant manager, fish culturists, maintenance support staff, and hatchery technicians. The hatchery staff lives onsite at Port Armstrong.
Including staff family members and one particularly friendly couple as immediate neighbors, approximately eighteen people live in the village-like community of Port Armstrong. The various buildings are spread out along the beachfront, backed by steep hillsides, dense forest, lakes, open muskegs, and high mountains. There are no roads or urban utilities at the site and access is by boat or seaplane. The hatchery generates its own hydroelectric power and is served by a satellite internet system. The hatchery includes equipment specific to fish culture including pipelines and small hydropower systems, hatchery and domestic buildings, as well as common industrial and domestic machinery.