News extras

Herring fishing possible today; no opening called yet

There might be fishing today (Wed 3-26-14) in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, but no opening has been called yet.

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game said in their 11 a.m. update that a significant volume of herring has moved into the closure area, a stretch of water near town that is out of bounds to the commercial fishery to protect subsistence use. Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon said he wasn’t discounting the possibility of a fishery south of town, where large schools of fish were found yesterday, but he wanted to give it more time “to find a body of fish that might provide a better fishery for everybody.”

Fish & Game had hoped to target the final 6,000 tons left in this year’s harvest limit; so far, 10,300 tons of herring have been caught in two openings, on Sunday and last Thursday.

Gordon said that an aerial survey this morning found a few hundred yards of herring spawn on Middle Island; no other spawn was seen. In the sac roe fishery, the eggs are taken intact from the females. It’s critical to the success of the commercial harvest to land the fish prior to spawning.

Gordon said he would issue another update over the radio at 12 p.m.. Updates can he heard on VHF Channel 10.

Comments

Please read our comment guidelines.

Recent News

In run-up to Nov. 4 election, Chamber forum questions Samuelson, Kreiss-Tomkins

PHOTO
House District candidates spoke at the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday (10-17-14). Incumbent Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and challenger Steven Samuelson fielded a mix of questions, some provided in advance by the Chamber and others sourced from the audience. more

Radio Theatre auditions this week for December performance

A host of radio plays will begin production this week, including a Western, a Sherlock Holmes period piece, and four John Longenbaugh plays. Directors Megan Pasternak and Suzan Brawnlyn were joined by producer Shannon Haugland of the Greater Sitka Arts Council Community Theater to talk about the staging of stories with sound. more