Wally Noerenberg Hatchery

The Wally Noerenberg Hatchery (WNH) is the second PWSAC-owned hatchery located in Lake Bay on the southern end of Esther Island in Prince William Sound, approximately 20 miles east of Whittier.  The hatchery was built in 1985 with monies borrowed from the Alaska Fisheries Enhancement Revolving Loan Fund.  WNH is currently permitted for 148 million pink, 165 million chum, 4 million coho, and 4 million Chinook salmon eggs annually.  Sockeye salmon were also cultured at WNH in the past and was was transferred to the Main Bay Hatchery in 1990.

Klint Hischke, WNH Hatchery Manager leads a permanent, year-round staff of eight along with a seasonal staff of 12 during the summer months.  Klint has worked with PWSAC (Remote Programs, CCH and WNH) since 2013.  He received his B.S. in Water Resource-Fisheries with a minor in Aquaculture from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

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.

WNH Pink Salmon Production Summary


Brood Year

Green Eggs

Fry Released

Total Return

Marine Survival
1985 53,593,141 34,437,214 3,011,956 8.75%
1986 78,909,893 75,932,715 3,866,618 5.09%
1987 207,953,763 195,321,335 5,826,294 2.98%
1988 180,262,542 159,920,124 13,707,591 8.57%
1989 269,624,688 233,627,908 12,094,645 5.18%
1990 240,097,347 205,728,325 2,012,346 0.98%
1991 180,470,137 163,591,233 1,509,324 0.92%
1992 184,752,082 172,078,972 6,094,141 3.54%
1993 180,559,831 162,386,766 2,449,283 1.51%
1994 188,110,652 168,857,426 5,323,401 3.15%
1995 188,506,249 169,508,993 6,194,964 3.65%
1996 115,818,276 106,440,456 8,542,600 8.03%
1997 110,288,679 103,675,208 9,466,850 9.13%
1998 130,197,003 127,355,213 8,361,734 6.57%
1999 130,003,972 116,069,339 7,181,077 6.19%
2000 131,308,166 127,650,249 5,617,122 4.40%
2001 119,081,166 106,229,524 17,847,316 16.80%
2002 132,655,040 119,533,743 2,704,727 2.26%
2003 119,361,534 109,640,296 9,164,154 8.36%
2004 94,862,542 84,060,920 4,065,035 4.84%
2005 96,333,418 84,795,328 7,540,222 8.89%
2006 91,800,000 77,200,000 8,737,521 11.32%
2007 148,000,000 136,000,000 3,237,521 2.38%
2008 148,000,000 128,000,000 17,243,401 13.47%
2009 148,000,000 136,000,000 6,647,471 4.89%
2010 148,000,000 136,000,000 5,687,710 4.18%
2011 148,000,000 137,000,000 17,479,441 12.76%
2012 148,000,000 135,000,000 7,523,948 5.57%
2013 147,000,000 128,000,000 17,239,722 13.47%
2014 148,000,000 132,000,000
2015 148,000,000

WNH Chum Salmon Production Summary – Lake Bay Release


Brood Year

Green Eggs

Fry Released

Total Return

Marine Survival
1983 21,560,438 7,436,397 259,002 3.48%
1984 16,801,595 12,466,732 125,988 1.01%
1985 17,393,190 15,172,261 400,122 5.89%
1986 40,181,541 36,451,476 290,598 0.98%
1987 82,637,512 68,388,803 202,808 0.28%
1988 101,500,872 79,845,649 1,054,839 1.32%
1989 53,359,960 46,981,584 1,391,685 2.96%
1990 85,298,403 76,842,328 371,053 0.48%
1991 113,196,809 97,953,492 759,887 0.78%
1992 112,427,380 107,992,433 2,741,415 2.54%
1993 111,200,784 82,029,614 973,540 1.19%
1994 109,164,711 72,253,643 652,125 0.90%
1995 111,213,387 79,540,128 1,966,823 2.47%
1996 110,336,443 69,963,572 41,34,840 5.91%
1997 111,281,591 77,838,928 1,375,502 1.77%
1998 111,129,724 75,020,785 6,096,648 8.13%
1999 111,010,849 76,306,351 2,390,585 3.13%
2000 81,922,013 57,712,566 1,271,427 2.20%
2001 114,083,514 75,341,899 2,717,415 3.61%
2002 115,637,488 59,466,039 699,744 1.18%
2003 151,526,806 73,883,852 4,009,202 5.43%
2004 148,419,530 71,343,434 2,739,697 3.84%
2005 167,770,221 90,403,140 1,895,892 2.10%
2006 170,000,000 73,500,000 4,473,383 6.09%
2007 130,000,000 76,900,000 194,473 0.25%
2008 130,600,000 71,900,000 5,479,034 7.62%
2009 130,600,000 76,500,000 764,787 1.00%
2010 130,600,000 69,000,000 Age-3,4,5: 929,473 1.35%
2011 130,600,000 74,100,000 Age-3,4: 1,681,049 2.27%
2012 131,000,000 75,000,000 Age-3: 48,170 0.06%
2013 131,000,000 76,300,000
2014 113,000,000 81,000,000
2015 131,000,000

WNH Chum Salmon Production Summary – Port Chalmers Release

Brood Year Fry Released Total Return Marine Survival
1993 18,078,288 281,982 1.56%
1994 24,210,845 162,721 0.67%
1995 22,546,239 574,746 2.55%
1996 17,272,475 1,156,916 6.70%
1997 22,105,799 271,626 1.23%
1998 24,273,399 1,346,221 5.55%
1999 24,045,577 651,096 2.71%
2000 18,403,759 239,289 1.30%
2001 25,913,467 443,244 1.71%
2002 23,522,253 180,861 0.77%
2003 41,090,505 1,151,483 2.80%
2004 40,478,815 972,064 2.40%
2005 39,815,183 779,190 1.96%
2006 40,100,000 413,599 1.03%
2007 38,900,000 98,830 0.25%
2008 38,100,000 683,384 1.79%
2009 40,800,000 237,966 0.58%
2010 40,000,000 Age-3,4,5: 100,934 0.25%
2011 36,800,000 Age-3,4: 123,753 0.34%
2012 41,000,000 Age-3: 765 0.00%
2013 43,600,000
2014 -0-

WNH Chum Salmon Production Summary – Sawmill Bay Release

Brood Year Fry Released Total Return Marine Survival
2002 15,661,413 92,933 0.59%
2003 16,198,524 419,823 2.59%
2004 15,163,742 391,543 2.58%
2005 15,797,568 255,897 1.62%
2006 15,500,000 280,219 1.81%

WNH Coho Salmon Production


Brood Year

Green Eggs

Smolt Released

Returning Adults

Marine Survival
1984 130,000 98,778 16,377 16.58%
1985 422,847 376,385 56,824 15.10%
1986 992,010 871,469 120,050 13.78%
1987 2,618,557 2,499,106 171,757 6.87%
1988 2,786,864 2,397,419 92,756 3.87%
1989 2,595,391 2,223,282 175,470 7.89%
1990 3,043,831 1,831,198 49,385 2.70%
1991 2,669,069 1,303,077 89,519 6.87%
1992 2,493,000 1,483,936 51,789 3.49%
1993 2,683,531 2,063,934 87,561 4.24%
1994 2,736,523 275,406 19,615 7.10%
1995 636,688 203,651 9,292 4.56%
1996 644,829 407,715 6,971 1.82%
1997 1,601,534 1,068,338 147,878 14.16%
1998 541,427 375,670 12,565 3.34%
1999 298,155 219,967 28,302 12.75%
2000 1,179,677 485,834 24,005 4.94%
2001 1,400,436 920,858 14,663 1.59%
2002 1,173,489 989,383 87,399 8.83%
2003 1,154,014 1,057,922 177,501 16.78%
2004 1,263,348 1,052,897 124,038 11.78%
2005 2,510,000 1,850,000 140,049 7.57%
2006 3,490,000 1,930,000 30,973 1.61%
2007 255,000 226,000 21,071 9.39%
2008 4,000,000 3,490,000 150,520 4.33%
2009 4,000,000 3,480,000 11,189 0.35%
2010 945,000 868,000 66,715 7.69%
2011 4,000,000 2,960,000 186,378 6.30%
2012 981,000 757,000 31,633 4.18%
2013 653,000 295,000
2014 4,000,000
2015 1,930,000

 

 

©2017 PWSAC. All rights reserved.