Debt forcing Kake salmon hatchery to close

KAKE — Kake’s Gunnuk Creek Hatchery will be closing in a little more than a month, something Kake residents and leaders say is a calamity for the town’s economy and access to fish.

Kake Mayor Henrich Kadake Sr. said he’s been involved with the hatchery since “day one,” almost 40 years. It started as a high school project in 1973 and incorporated in 1976.

“It’s going to be a real blow to the community,” he said.

The hatchery, owned and operated by the Kake Nonprofit Fisheries Corporation, owed the state $13.75 million when it was denied its 42nd loan. The denial of that loan meant it was unable to operate, and it defaulted in January, leading the state to foreclose.

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