| From the mountains of Idaho to the tropical islands of Hawaii, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will undertake $37.2 million for improvement projects within the Pacific Region. Locally, the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery will receive $1.1 million for improvements, but it’s unclear how the money will be allocated, let alone spent. Adam Izbicki of the Fish and Wildlife Service who manages the hatchery said the $1.1 million will definitely help upgrade the 41-year-old facility, but will not address all the maintenance issues by a long shot.
Izbicki has been at the hatchery three years as interim manager. He noted that the Fish and Wildlife retain ownership and maintenance responsibilities of the facility, but the Nez Perce Tribe also has considerable oversight of the facility.
The hatchery produces 600,000 spring Chinook salmon annually and acclimates another 300,000 coho salmon for release.
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Courtesy, Clearwater Progress, Kamiah Idaho