|Pink salmon attempting to swim upstream over a fish weir|
Hatcheries were made in Alaska in an attempt to increase the count of salmon that arrive every year. We visited the Solomon Gulch Fish Hatchery in Valdez, AK on our second to last day. It was amazing to watch the salmon trying to swim upstream over the dam, doing their best to find a place to spawn. There was a “ladder” that channeled the salmon and led them into the hatchery. This specific area catches mainly Pink salmon and Sockeye salmon. I’m glad I got to see how incredible these fish are. I’m also glad that I got a feel for how important salmon is to Alaskans.