Salmon importance, research explained

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Steve Reifenstuhl of the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association was the featured speaker at Thursday's Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    He spoke on a positive future for salmon and a new hatchery they are reopening in Kake.  Reinfenstuhl said he was glad to update the crowd on research and statistics in the salmon industry  The Gunnuk Creek hatchery near Kake could be producing eggs in October.  

    Reifenstuhl said a lot of modifications have to be made but he likes the potential there.

    New technology is making the salmon industry stronger in Alaska. The company has invested $2.5 million in the project. There will be some modifications required for the hatchery

    Research is also underway to determine the impacts of cross breeding of wild and farm salmon.  He also predicted the future of sammon is bright

    The economic impact of Sammon can not be denied.  The seafood industry had a $1.7 billion dollar impact in 2016

    57,000 Alaskans, including 11,300 hundred in southeast Alaska, work in the industry.  In SE those numbers are 15 percent of the workforce.

    He says its important to note that fishermen are mostly independent businessmen who work long hours.

    He added that seafood there wouldn't be many coastal communities in Alaska.




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