In early 2016, SEAPA and the Southern Southeast Regional
Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) entered into a Memorandum of
Understanding that SEAPA would support SSRAA in its efforts to
rear and release approximately 600,000 Chinook smolt each spring
near the outfall of the Swan Lake Hydroelectric Facility.
SSRAA is a regional non-profit corporation whose mission is to
enhance and rehabilitate salmon production in southern southeast
Alaska for the optimal social and economic benefit of all users.
Annual contributions from this project average over 4,000 adult
The remote rearing project gears up in late March with project
preparation. Net pen infrastructure is inspected and maintained.
Rearing nets are installed in anticipation of accepting fish from
the Ketchikan based Deer Mountain and Whitman Lake Hatcheries.
Smolt are transported via tender boat in early April for rearing
until release in late May. Upon release the rearing site is
cleaned and infrastructure prepped for long-term storage until the
SEAPA staff and facilities provide ongoing year-round support for
this successful salmon enhancement program. Support ranges from
program logistics, lodging of SSRAA staff, off-season monitoring
and occasionally assisting with feeding, sampling, and releasing
fish. The project has allowed for the building of relationships
between SEAPA and SSRAA promoting a better understanding of our
shared goals of providing tangible benefits to our communities.
SEAPA is a strong supporter of healthy fish stocks in southeast