Prince William Sound Hatcheries

Esther Island is in northwestern Prince William Sound, Alaska and is uninhabited except for about 30 residents operating the Wally Noerenberg Hatchery. The salmon hatchery is among the world's largest, and one of five hatcheries owned and operated by the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC). The hatchery raises Pink salmon, Chum salmon, and Coho salmon. During the 1970's salmon runs were in decline throughout the state, and the hatchery system was legislated in 1976 to protect the fisheries from cyclical weaknesses in wild salmon returns. Today, five regional aquaculture associations from Southeast Alaska to Kodiak produce salmon via the wild salmon enhancement program for the common property fisheries. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Esther Island.