Once completed, the 134,000-square-foot Anchorage Sport Fish Hatchery will be the largest enclosed sport fish hatchery in North America. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities awarded Kiewit Building Group Inc., a subsidiary of Kiewit Corporation, a contract to construct the hatchery.
Raising more species of cold water fish in recirculating aquaculture systems than any other sport fish production facility in the U.S., the hatchery will use state-of-the-art aquaculture technology to raise king and silver salmon, rainbow trout, arctic char, lake trout and arctic grayling. The fish will then be stocked into rivers and lakes throughout the south central region of Alaska. This improved aquaculture technology reduces the volume of freshwater required to raise the same quantity of fish and the energy required to heat water to an optimum fish-rearing temperature. It also reduces the amount of effluent water discharged from the hatchery.
The project schedule details construction of the hatchery building, starting in the spring of 2009. The building is scheduled to be enclosed to allow the crew to continue construction of the facility during the winter, and to be substantially complete in the spring of 2011. This will allow the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to start producing fish in the hatchery during the fish-rearing cycle.