$13.5 million hatchery south of Blackfoot in eastern Idaho to be dedicated Friday will be capable of producing up to 1 million juvenile sockeye annually

If everything goes right, Fish and Game could release the sockeye juveniles or smolts into the Sawtooth Valley by 2015, said Jeff Heindel, hatchery production coordinator for Fish and Game. F&G hopes to ramp up to 1 million smolt by 2017. That could translate into a return of 10,000 adult sockeye as early as 2019, he said. “This gets us on a road to recovery,” Heindel said. [email protected]  07:29

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