Armin F. Koernig Hatchery

The Armin F. Koernig Hatchery (AFK) is the first PWSAC-owned hatchery located at Port San Juan on Evans Island in Prince William Sound (PWS), approximately 90 air miles west of Cordova, Alaska.  The original hatchery was converted from an existing salmon cannery located on the site in 1974 and designed as a pink and chum salmon facility.

In 1991, the hatchery building was rebuilt with design changes to make water usage more efficient.  The lake above AFK is extremely small which forces the hatchery at times to use water twice and, in extremes, recycle 95% of the water through a complex recycle system. AFK is currently permitted for 162 million pink salmon eggs annually.

Jason Woodhull, AFK Hatchery Manager leads a permanent, year-round staff of six, with a seasonal staff of 12 during the summer months.  Jason has worked with PWSAC (Port Chalmers, WNH, MBH, and CCH ) since 2008.  He received his B.S. in Biology from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

All the Hatchery Managers enjoy giving tours, showing off their hatcheries and the fish, so please stop by if you are in the area.  All the hatcheries can be contacted on VHF 16.

AFK Pink Salmon Production Summary

Brood Year
Green Eggs Fry Released Total Return
Marine Survival
1975
6,254,460 1,000,000 44,000
4.40%
1976
15,006,418 11,010,577 154,620
1.40%
1977
23,424,000 16,950,784 552,955
3.26%
1978
28,645,620 22,774,739 1,493,489
6.56%
1979
28,401,415 21,641,757 2,264,845
10.47%
1980
94,689,000 69,787,000 5,134,363
7.36%
1981
143,500,000 70,118,000 3,722,502
5.31%
1982
127,131,032 87,384,533 2,800,000
3.20%
1983
89,473,968 76,746,000 5,030,616
6.55%
1984
114,145,786 103,531,000 4,964,000
4.79%
1985
121,027,795 112,527,515 7,613,160
6.77%
1986
127,179,143 116,117,645 6,076,493
5.23%
1987
126,753,923 110,962,557 2,726,455
2.46%
1988
190,104,930 160,471,718 6,923,836
4.31%
1989
126,900,222 113,842,866 5,658,433
4.97%
1990
127,857,935 115,748,552 2,470,634
2.13%
1991
127,263,120 112,828,924 1,596,130
1.41%
1992
127,468,664 113,529,568 1,786,966
1.57%
1993
125,875,325 92,723,581 981,756
1.06%
1994
125,483,203 108,583,112 1,767,000
1.63%
1995
126,254,629 108,636,977 6,974,318
6.42%
1996
60,399,582 51,562,609 7,243,200
13.83%
1997
119,084,280 105,974,235 8,739,898
8.25%
1998
160,618,374 133,156,995 6,905,515
5.19%
1999
161,884,741 142,537,692 4,810,345
3.37%
2000
159,198,867 150,287,930 7,759,064
5.16%
2001
171,990,180 155,982,828 7,065,581
4.53%
2002
161,409,520 146,407,222 5,230,138
3.57%
2003
193,317,829 174,371,351 10,117,138
5.80%
2004
148,945,967 131,197,783 5,210,424
3.97%
2005
198,591,471 159,616,613 15,755,182
9.87%
2006
195,000,000 179,000,000 6,112,588
3.41%
2007
160,000,000 144,000,000 10,696,538
7.43%
2008
161,000,000 145,000,000 13,779,804
9.50%
2009
162,000,000 149,000,000 3,083,909
2.07%
2010
162,000,000 148,000,000 3,755,920
2.54%
2011
162,000,000 150,000,000
2012
162,000,000

AFK Chum Salmon Production Summary

Brood Year
Green Eggs Fry Released Total Return
Marine Survival
1996
11,763,730 8,777,673 539,630 6.15%
1997
10,960,010 10,121,106 182,973 1.81%
2007
16,400,000 15,700,000 Age-3,4,5: 13,684 0.16%
2008
17,400,000 15,100,000 Age-3,4: 321,526  2.13%
2009
16,000,000 12,900,000 Age-3: 100 0.00%
2010
34,000,000 30,500,000
2011
34,000,000 29,400,000
2012
34,000,000
 

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