David Landis, Southern SE Regional Aquaculture Association

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David Landis holding a fish with water in the background

What SSRAA does: The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, commonly known as SSRAA (pronounced “Sarah”), is a non-profit corporation whose mission is “to enhance and rehabilitate salmon production in southern Southeast Alaska to the optimum social and economic benefit of salmon users”. SSRAA was incorporated in 1976 and began operations in 1978. Today, the association produces more than 170 million salmon annually, that support commercial fishing, sport fishing, subsistence living and wildlife.

The organization manages facilities at Whitman Lake and Deer Mountain on the Ketchikan road system; Neets Bay, a remote site in Behm Canal; Burnett Inlet, a remote site in NW Clarence Straits; and Crystal Lake on the Petersburg road system. The Klawock River and Port St. Nicholas hatcheries on Prince of Wales Island are also SSRAA facilities. 

Link to your forests: The SSRAA facilities at Burnett Inlet and Neets Bay (which combined in 2016 to produce 95,051,800 salmon) are supported by the Tongass National Forest. Through both special use permit, and ecosystem management.

Burnett Inlet - The Tongass supports SSRAA here, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) association, by charging a reduced land use fee equal to two-tenths of one percent of the onsite investment.

 “Every reduction in expenses that a non-profit organization experiences, such as the reduced land-use fee, is a dollar that doesn’t have to be assessed to the fishermen,” said Landis, referring to the 3% assessment on all commercially caught salmon in the region, along with cost recovery, that helps fund the organization.

Neets Bay - The Tongass supports SSRAA here through management of the headwaters above Bluff Lake, which is the primary water source for the hatchery. Since the 1990’s, the forest has implemented stream protection measures to maintain the aquatic ecosystem.

“We are completely relying on the large and uninterrupted volume of pure, clean water that originates from the forest watershed surrounding Bluff Lake,” said Landis. 


David Landis SSRAA Dock view from water Web




David Landis SSRAA Hatchery Interior Web




David Landis Neets Bay










Did You Know? Only 3-4 percent of the more than 170 million salmon released by SSRAA return. Most are taken by other wildlife in the ocean. Learn more about SSRAA


“When millions of salmon are growing in their rearing ponds, they depend on a constant supply of clean, clear, oxygen-rich water to survive.” – David Landis

*Photos courtesy of Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association