Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
July 2020

Hatchery Kings, Orphaned Bears
and the Necessity of Synergy in Conservation

By Wilson Puryear

It is late June in Alaska’s largest city. Summer solstice, the longest day of the year; the date upon which the Northland’s moniker “land of the midnight sun” is most readily apparent. The inevitable and imperceptibly slow slide back towards the darkness of subarctic winter is far from the minds of Anchorage residents today. They, like Alaskans throughout the state, are celebrating the season. Celebrating by hiking and bicycling, camping and boating, picnicking and ...   Kings & Bears Article Continued

Innovations in Raising Fish
Alaska Hatchery Improves Fish Culture

By Chuck Pratt and Jason Woodhull

If you picture a fish hatchery, a series of long rectangular tanks comes to mind. These tanks, known as raceways, are water intensive and work well in hatcheries with an abundant supply of fresh, cold water. But fish culturists are looking at options and innovations in Alaska hatcheries are providing alternatives to the traditional methods.

Circular tanks are self-cleaning and can reuse a significant portion of the water – a major benefit that’s contributed to their growing ...   Hatchery Innovations Article Continued

Planning for a Prescribed Burn
in the Alphabet Hills

By Sue Rodman & Sierra Doherty

ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation is working closely with DNR Division of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to make sure all boxes are checked before applying fire to a remote area north of Lake Louise. The goal of the prescribed fire is to stimulate the regeneration of shrub and tree species that moose feed on, thereby supporting a healthy moose population into the future. Birds and small mammals will benefit too. As the fire burns a mosaic pattern across the landscape, ...   Prescribed Burn Article Continued