Fisheries Hall No. 1, known as the technology building, contains the museum, fisheries library and administrative offices, in addition to rooms for instruction. In the museum, at the entrance to the building, are models of many forms of fishing gear, both primitive and modern, with a large variety of implements used in the industry; and a collection has been started of samples of various forms of canned fishery products. Among the models of fishing appliances are a miniature purse seine, trammel net and salmon gill net, made and presented by the Pacific Net & Twine company of Seattle; a complete miniature otter trawl presented by the Great Grimsby Coal, Salt, Tanning & Ice Company, Ltd., of Grimsby, England; and many forms of pound nets and trap nets, both stationary and floating, Philippine fishing gear, etc. It is hoped that there can be added to this a collection of models of all types of vessels used in the fisheries.
This building also contains a lecture room with seating capacity for 40 students; a methods laboratory, where the preparation and use of various types of fishing gear can be demonstrated; and a research laboratory and testing room for canned goods, with an incubator in which products may be submitted to a bacteriological test. Fisheries Hall No. 2 contains the ichthyological and fish culture laboratories, with offices for the respective instructors, and a large lecture hall with room for 150 students; and in the basement is a pathology laboratory for the study of diseases and parasites of fish, a workroom for handling preserved specimens, and two storerooms for cured specimens. The laboratories in this hall are equipped with elaborate darkrooms, both for photographic work and for testing the effects of light. The fish culture laboratory will house hatching troughs for salmon and trout, glass jars for buoyant and semi-buoyant eggs, a lobster hatching box, aquaria, and other necessary apparatus.
Probably the greatest interest, is taken in Fisheries Hall No. 3, which is a well equipped miniature cannery, saltery and barrel plant. The machines are electrically operated, and the building has its own boiler for steam cooking, etc. The canning machinery includes two upright retorts, made by the Menninger & Ayes Manufacturing company of Portland, Ore.; temperature, time and pressure control equipment donated by the Tagliabue Manufacturing company; and two double seamersone semi-automatic, for round cans, donated by the Seattle-Astoria Iron Works, the other for ovals and sardine cans, donated by the American Can company, which also has supplied a can tester and vacuum gauge. In addition there are washing tanks and brine tanks, a fry bath for frying fish in oil before canning and a pneumatic dryer such as is used in the California sardine industry.
For the curing department, the Western Cooperage company has furnished a complete barrel making outfit, with windlass, tools, tubs and a lot of knock-down barrels, and has also sent an instructor in setting up the various kinds of barrels used. For demonstration purposes, the Southern Alaska Canning company has donated during the term 12 barrels of Scotch cured herring. The handling of material in this building is facilitated by a Stuebing lift truck, donated through the Tindolph company of Seattle. The building is 50 by 30 ft., and is floored with concrete, and contains two store rooms and a complete tool room besides the main laboratory.
In addition to the buildings, it is planned before long to have four cement fish ponds for the rearing of fry, with a capacity of about 10,000,000 a year.
Practical demonstrations have been conducted regularly in the canning laboratory for some time, and high appreciation is expressed of the cooperation of Edwin Ripley, of the Ripley Fish company and of L. H. Darwin, state fish commissioner, in furnishing fish for this purpose. The college is also indebted to a number who have contributed books for the fisheries library; and other books or specimens for the museum, whether donated or loaned, will be most welcome; back volumes of the Pacific Fisherman being especially desired.