Burnett Inlet, Etolin Island

Burnett Inlet, Etolin Island

by | Apr 24, 2019

Burnett Inlet is a narrow estuary extending about 8 miles (13 km) from Clarence Strait into the southwest coast of Etolin Island, Alaska. The inlet was named by Lieutenant Commander A.S. Snow of the U.S. Navy in 1886 probably after Mount Burnett on the nearby Cleveland Peninsula.

Etolin Island is southwest of Wrangell Island in the Alexander Archipelago of southeastern Alaska, between Prince of Wales Island to the west and the Alaska mainland to the east. The island is about 30 miles (48 km) long and between 10 to 22 miles (16–35 km) wide, with a land area of 216,979 acres (87,808 ha). It was first charted in 1793 by James Johnstone, one of George Vancouver’s officers during his 1791-95 expedition. He only charted the southwest and east coasts, not realizing it was an island. It was originally named Duke of York Island but was renamed after the Alaska Purchase in 1867. It is named after Adolf Etolin, governor of the Russian American colonies from 1840 to 1845.

Burnett Inlet Hatchery was first constructed by Alaska Aquaculture Company to produce chum salmon but had financial difficulties that led to bankruptcy in the mid-1990s. The Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association took over the facility in 1995. Southeast Alaska commercial fishermen were the initial funding source for the operation. Today the primary funding comes from a cost-recovery fishery. The hatchery has recently been retrofitted to produce sockeye, coho, as well as chum salmon. Read more here and here. Explore more of Burnett Inlet here:

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