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William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery

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William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery, Anchorage, AK

Through the use of advanced recirculation technology, the project achieves up to a 95 percent reduction in water use over conventional hatcheries, with a corresponding reduction in energy consumption.


To create a fish hatchery that promotes growth of all fish life stages under one roof, with an innovative design that meets Alaska’s fish production goals while resolving land, water and energy constraints. This efficient facility produces substantial savings of public funds while creating a positive economic impact on Alaska’s economy.


• Capable of producing 6 million fish per year for stocking 200 different locations with 17 different strains of five fish species.
• 141,000-square-foot facility essentially contains 35 mini-hatcheries for different species and life stages, with 107 tanks and over 8.5 miles of pipe, conduit and duct work.
• Supports the sport fishing industry, which supports nearly 16,000 jobs, generates $246 million in tax revenue and contributes $1.4 billion overall to Alaska’s economy.
• Careful planning and project delivery using the CM/GC process brought the project in on time and budget and allowed adding a visitors’ center that is expected to attract 100,000 visitors per year.
• Transformed a brown field site to an attractive public resource.


  • Owner: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish
  • Managing Agency: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
  • Designer & Owner’s Representative: HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • General Contractor: Kiewit Building Group
  • Aquaculture Consultant: PR Aqua Ltd.

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