The Klemtu project is operated by the Kitasoo Band Council and is located at Klemtu, on Swindle Island at Trout Bay. This project was initiated in 1980 to create a commercial fishery, and provide training, employment, food fish, economic benefit, and aboriginal involvement. Currently at this site are a small hatchery facility, an enumeration fence, and an ocean net pen.
The project satellited coho into Mary’s cove from 1984-1998 and in 1986 began seapen rearing for coho. In 1995 a pilot satellite chum release was developed at Alexander Inlet, chum production was expanded in 1998 from 500 000 to 1.3 million. In the 1980’s, coho were code wire tagged and trapped through the commercial fisheries. Managers estimated that Alaskans took about 40 percent of the total harvest.
Current Project Objectives are:
- Fish production for terminal food and commercial fishery for chum;
- To provide community economic opportunity; and
- Conservation of the local coho stock.
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