William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery
Anchorage, Alaska United States
Public Parks and Recreation
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish found that its aging hatcheries could not meet the growing production goals to keep Alaska's rivers and lakes well-stocked. The new hatchery - which features more than 100 fish rearing tanks for Chinook and Coho salmon, rainbow and lake trout, arctic char and arctic grayling - efficiently increases and diversifies sport fish production for the Division of Sport Fish. The hatchery is the largest sport fish hatchery in North America (141,000 square feet).
Triple Bottom Line
Economic: The project helped maintain and improve Alaska's $1.4 billion sport fishing industry that includes nearly 16,000 jobs and $545 million in annual income. Reductions in fresh water and energy requirements significantly decrease operational costs.
Social: The design efficiently increases and diversifies sport fish production to the benefit of the public that participates in this activity.
Environmental: The hatchery incorporates state-of-the-art fish rearing recirculation technologies that use approximately 5% of the fresh water volume and 5% of the energy required in a conventional hatchery. The local fish populations and biodiversity is maintained despite rising participation in sport fishing.
ISI Envision presented its first-ever project award to the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery when awarding the design with a Gold rating. Additionally, the design received a National Recognition Award for Engineering Excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies for diversifying sport fish production in Alaska in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.