Month: March 2011

Anticipation over prices high as herring fleet preps

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery went on 2-hour notice today meaning the first opening of one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries could get underway at any moment now.

While anticipation is high as the fleet prepares to fish, so is speculation about prices for this year’s harvest of herring eggs. The product’s main market, Japan, is still handling the effects of a tsunami that hit its coast two weeks ago.

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Herring fleet hurries up and waits

Every year, the Sitka Sound Sac Roe herring fishery kicks off Southeast Alaska’s spring commercial fishing season. Last year, March 24th marked the fishery’s first opening. This year, despite the fact that seiners and tenders have already filled town harbors, biologists are seeing signs of a slower start to the season.

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City of Sitka releases Dove Island letter

The Sitka Assembly has released a confidential letter at the center of a lawsuit against the city. Assembly members decided Tuesday against appealing an order by Superior Court Judge David George to release the letter. The correspondence was part of confidential legal negotiations between the Sitka Assembly and Dove Island Lodge.

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Orca remains on Kruzof to benefit students, science

Sitka students will likely be among those benefitting from the remains of a killer whale found dead on the shore of Kruzof Island, about 10 miles east of Sitka. A team of scientists and volunteers performed a necropsy on the young male orca and recovered its skeleton on Friday.

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