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Hatchery proposed for Baranof Warm Springs

SITKA, ALASKA Juneau resident Dale Young applied for a permit to build a hatchery in three phases that would have up to 60 million green eggs.

“Green eggs are the initial fertilized stage, so right at the egg take or spawning event, those are called green eggs,” said Sam Rabung, the Hatchery Program Coordinator for Fish & Game. He says only the first phase of the project seems permittable right now. “A combined total of 3 million green eggs only, and nothing implied for future increases.”

Rabung says increases could be allowed but that Young would need to come back to Fish & Game and a study of many years of returning salmon would need to happen.

Baranof Warm Springs is due east from Sitka, on the other side of Baranof Island. It consists of a handful of summer homes, some public hot tubs, and a lodge, run by Mike Trotter.

“This type of industrial endeavor – I just could not coexist with it,” Trotter said. “I couldn’t offer the platform I am today.”

Trotter is also president of the Baranof Property Owners Association. He says local property owners have strong objections to the proposal.

Dale Young, the developer of the project, could not be immediately reached Monday afternoon.

Public testimony on the hatchery plan will be taken from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Click here to view the proposal, and the narrowed-down version Fish & Game considers permissible.

Written comments may be sent to:
Sam Rabung
PNP Hatchery Program Coordinator
ADF&G, Div of Commercial Fisheries
P.O. Box 115526
Juenau, AK 99811-5526

Or by e-mail to: samuel.rabung@alaska.gov
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