Alaska is known for its world-famous sustainable salmon runs. In the 1970s, in an effort to promote long-term sustainability and management, the State of Alaska, coastal communities, and fishermen alike came together to develop an innovative aquaculture program that would serve Alaskan users - subsistence, commercial, sports, and public use - for generations to come, and also contribute to Alaska's status as an economic powerhouse in the seafood markets at home in the U.S. and abroad. Armstrong-Keta, Inc. was created to be a part of this phenomenon.
The hatchery has the character of a small village, nestled along the shoreline of Port Armstrong between the bay and the steep hillsides. The facilities have grown organically over the years as the hatchery production has increased.
Three incubation buildings and ten outdoor rearing raceways contain the fish, along with over fifty saltwater net pens for short-term rearing prior to release. A shop building and two hydropower buildings support the operation.
The hatchery staff lives in a variety of single-family residences as well as two float houses, an apartment, and a small bunkhouse.