Second herring opening today in Starrigavan, Katlian bays
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The Alaska Department of Fish & Game released this map, showing the boundaries of Thurday’s herring season opener. Sunday’s second opening will be within the same boundaries. Fishing was restricted to Starrigavan and Katlian bays, north of Sitka. (Map courtesy of ADF&G)
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has announced that there will be a second opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, around 1:30 p.m. today (Sun 3-23-14). Sunday’s fishery will take place within the same boundaries as Thursday’s season opener, in Starrigavan and Katlian bays.
Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon said that there appears to be a large volume of fish along the Sitka road system.
This morning’s aerial survey found what appeared to be one small area of herring spawn near Halibut Point, Gordon said, but he said he saw no significant spawn yet.
Gordon also revised the estimate of Thursday’s catch, to 5,300 tons of herring.
The Department will continue to issue updates over VHF radio, on Channel 10.
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