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An ocean of change: Warm gulf leads to unusual happenings, worried scientists

...marine environment sees this summer's conditions as so unusual.Douglas Island Pink and Chum Director of Operations Rick Focht said the hatchery's smolt this year were ready to release within the historical range of typical dates."I guess...
New king salmon spot coming to town

...Lena Cove. Anglers can expect about one and a half percent of those to come back, said DIPAC Director of Operations Rick Focht, for a total of around 2,700 kings beginning to return in the summer of 2017. King salmon typically spend between...
Bigger fish

...bigger.For more than 20 years, Douglas Island Pink and Chum used the same coho stock, said Director of Operations Rick Focht. "The fish had done quite well for us," he said. "But gradually, over time, we noticed the average size of the...
170,000 fish in hand

...hatchery's Chinook salmon are tagged; seven percent of its coho salmon are tagged, said DIPAC Director of Operations Rick Focht.As DIPAC is releasing a million of each species this year, that's 70,000 coho and 100,000 Chinook that hatchery...
New DIPAC facility a boon to fish and folk alike

...the deck facing the ocean - it's built so it feels like you're hovering above the water, Director of Operations Rick Focht said.The $4 million project to expand DIPAC's facilities was finished this spring, and, as of Wednesday, three...
Juneau Freewheelers Auke Rec Circuit Race results

...Sorenson 1:10:38 17. Jan Kriegel 1:10:45 18.Robert Sauers 1:10:51 19. Mark O'Brien 1:24:51 19. Rick Focht 1:24:51 Expert Women 24 miles 1. Julie Graves 1:07:03 2. Janice Sheufelt 1:07:05 3. Susie Parrish 1...
Small company represents best of Alaska

...Basically if we have surplus brood stock we recover the roe from those fish and sell it to Northern Keta," said Rick Focht, director of research and evaluation for the DIPAC hatchery. Brood stock refers to the adult salmon that return to...
Back to the dock

...salmon. "In the past we've seen a fairly steady catch rate on kings through the major portion of the summer," said Rick Focht, DIPAC director of research and evaluation. "The kings tend to hang around in the area for quite a while. They're...
Chums return in record numbers

...million DIPAC chums this season - the highest ever - exceeding the previous record of 670,000 fish set in 2000, said Rick Focht, DIPAC's director of operations. The season began in late June and peaked last month. "We've been at capacity...
Hatchery chums make up for sockeye species. This year the number of sockeye salmon was disappointing, but chum runs exceeded all expectations, said Rick Focht, director of research and evaluation for the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery. "It's been kind of mixed results...


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