Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery, located in Kachemak Bay, is operated by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association and is owned by the State of Alaska. The facility was constructed in 1976 and was expanded in 1991 when we took over operations. The primary salmon production is pink salmon, which have been released every year from 1976–2004, and then again from 2011–present.
Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery is permitted by the State of Alaska to incubate 125 million pink salmon eggs. Annually, 100 million pink salmon fry are temporarily reared in net pens in Tutka Bay Lagoon. On average the time in the net pens is 2 months. The fry imprint at the net pens, meaning about 3 million adult pink salmon are expected to return to the lagoon each year.
Visitors are welcome at Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. Guided tours can be arranged in advance by contacting us. When visiting the hatchery as part of a tour or on your own, please note the following:
- Do not enter into buildings or work areas unless accompanied by one of our staff members.
- Do not tie any vessel to our net pens or otherwise interfere with the net pens.
- Although sport fishing is allowed in the lagoon, please note fishing is restricted within 100 feet around the net pens. Please consult the fishing regulations for details at www.adfg.alaska.gov.
- Commercial boats frequent the lagoon to capture returning adult pink salmon. We ask that other vessels not interfere with these operations.
Top left: Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery
Bottom right: Pink salmon fry
Bottom: CIAA staff member holding an adult pink salmon in Tutka Bay Lagoon