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The Solomon Gulch Hatchery

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地址: 1455 Dayville Road, Valdez, AK 99686
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VFDA built the Solomon Gulch Hatchery (SGH) in 1981, and released its first...

VFDA built the Solomon Gulch Hatchery (SGH) in 1981, and released its first pink salmon fry in 1982. It has operated consistently since then. The water for the hatchery is provided by the Solomon Gulch Hydroelectric Plant, owned by the Copper Valley Electric Association through a cooperative agreement. VFDA employs a hatchery crew of twelve full and part-time employees, and is directed by Hatchery Manager Rob Unger. Other staff includes an assistant manager, fish culturists, maintenance support staff, and night watchmen. The hatchery staff lives in the Valdez community. SGH has a permitted green egg capacity to incubate 230 million pink salmon and 2 million coho salmon each year. These egg capacities are strictly controlled by the State of Alaska. With this capacity, VFDA achieves annual releases of approximately 218 million pink salmon fry, and 1.75 million coho salmon smolt. Egg take or spawning happens in late summer. Hatchery staff may spawn as many as 16,000 adult brood stock each day. These fish return to the hatchery spawning building by entering the facility using a fish ladder, which carry the fish from salt water to raceways on shore. Over the winter, the hatchery staff tends to the eggs as they hatch into alevin and settle into simulated gravel to subsist from their yolk sacs. In early spring, the fry emerge and are ready to go to sea. VFDA pumps the fry to net pens off shore where they are fed using commercial salmon feeds until they reach a target weight of at least 0.5 grams. From there, the smolts are released to complete their life cycle in the open sea. This process is known as ocean ranching. The adults, which average about 3.5 pounds each, return the following summer, and the process starts all over again. Average adult returns to the hatchery are approximately 13 million adult pink, and 160,000 coho salmon. After harvesting a small percentage of the return for cost recovery and brood stock, the remainder is harvested primarily by the commercial purse seine fishermen. While the hatchery walking tour is open all summer, the absolute best time to visit is during one of the salmon runs. Pink salmon return to the hatchery in July and coho (silver) salmon return in August. This also allows for the best opportunity to view Alaska wildlife as all manner of animals come to the hatchery to feed on returning salmon. You can see seals, sea lions, black and brown bears, eagles and other birds and much more. There is a large paved parking lot located just west of the hatchery site with plenty of parking for guests as there is no parking allowed on the site. The walking tour is wheelchair accessible and paved. While there is no fishing allowed directly in front of the hatchery, many anglers catch their limit of wild Alaska salmon on the east and west sides. It is a must-see attraction in Valdez.

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5 分,共 5 分2016-10-19的点评
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澳大利亚North Mackay
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5 分,共 5 分 2016-10-19的点评
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Spent a couple of hours here late one afternoon in mid July, just before the hatchery opened.The was seething with returning salmon. Nice opportunity to chat to the locals who were fishing From the shore a little distance away the hatchery intake It was pure, free entertainment to watch the sea lions which were just gorging, the cheeky gulls and... 更多 

亚利桑那凤凰城
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5 分,共 5 分 2016-9-12的点评
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We saw a bear on the way to this site. The setting was a good place to take photos! The exterior structures provided a fascinating way to learn more about operating a hatchery.

澳大利亚布里斯班
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What a great find in Valdez. Free and you can easily spend a few hours here. Abundant wildlife showcasing Alaska's best in nature. Grab a seat a maybe see a bear or sea lion coming down to the water to feed on the salmon. Walk around the hatchery and learn about the lifestyle of salmon.

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We went when the salmon were swimming up stream. Unfortunately there were no bears when we were there but it was really neat to see.

华盛顿Battle Ground
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5 分,共 5 分 2016-9-10的点评
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Bears frequent the weir to catch salmon and can be encountered anywhere near. I didn't understand why a weir would be used to block fish from going upriver, but now I know. There's so many thousands because of the release process, they have to be stopped. And they have to capture them to get the eggs and milt.

佛罗里达圣露西港
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5 分,共 5 分 2016-9-9的点评
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It is close to the center of town, it is one half of a mile to it. It is good to see how Alaska is keeping the fisher men working with wild Salmon and not farm raised ones.

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4 分,共 5 分 2016-9-5的点评
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It was pouring down rain and my husband and I were leaving town when we decided to stop at the hatchery. I have never seen so many salmon. They were swimming all over the place and were on top of each other. There must have been the same amount of sea birds there as well enjoying the fish dinners. We... 更多 

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5 分,共 5 分 2016-8-20的点评
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We were there when the salmon came back to spawn and did they! We saw thousands, perhaps millions of salmon, one on top of another. Enjoyed 7 sea lions who also came (to feast). The signs along the walk and platform were very informative about the fish ladder and the processes used in the hatchery. Well worth the short detour... 更多 

明尼苏达Round Lake
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4 分,共 5 分 2016-8-16的点评 通过移动设备发表
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Salmon were running and we had read there was a public access but with all the keep out signs it was difficult to find. When we did find the fish ladders they led to signs with information about the hatchery and life cycle of different types of salmon. Worth the visit for sure.

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Thanks for your review Barb. We've recently started the Public Access Walking Tour and are working with the State of... 更多 

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5 分,共 5 分 2016-8-14的点评
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We were treated to a special tour of the inside of the hatchery that is not open to the public due to family connections in Valdez. It is staggering to think about how many salmon are hatched and released from this facility each year. Outside you can see the results with hundreds of thousands of mostly pink salmon returning each... 更多 

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