Ocean Ranching by Hatcheries is top agriculture Product in Alaska

Ocean Ranching of salmon by our hatcheries is considered largest agricultural industry in Alaska. Laine Welch in her weekly column wrote, “According to the annual report on Alaska’s salmon enhancement programs, nearly 1.5 billion baby salmon were released to the ocean last year, while 48 million returned to their home hatcheries.

Those fish accounted for about 20 percent of Alaska’s total salmon catch last year — and at nearly $59 million, 21 percent of the harvest value.”



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