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SSRAA – Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association

  • Seven hatcheries, seven additional release sites.
  • 445 jobs and $22.4 million direct labor income.
  • 235 jobs and $ 9.2 million indirect labor income.
  • 680 jobs and $70.0 million total annual impact.

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In its ninth year of operation, 1985, the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) became financially self supporting, no longer needing to borrow money to operate. Now, in 2019, it remains self supporting with a 3% assessment from the catches of fisheries, for $1.5 million, together with $9 million from the roe harvested from fish returning to its Neets Bay hatchery on Revillagigedo Island,15 miles north of Naha Bay. SSRAA supports 680 jobs and $70 million in labor income in Southern Southeast Alaska. SSRAA a non-profit corporation headquartered in Ketchikan, Alaska, producing and releasing 170 million salmon smolts annually in SSE.

Full details of the economic impact of SSRAA can be found in the McDowell report, “Economic Impacts of the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.”

McDowell Study – Economic Impacts 2017

Map of SSRAA Hatcheries and Release Sites (for a clearer view see page 7 in the McDowell report).

Whitman Lake Hatchery, South Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, was SSRAA’s first facility, the first substantive result of the regional associations new program. The hatchery has been operational since 1978.