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Herring Update: Third opening lasts one hour, ten minutes

The seiner Infinite Grace pursing up during the third opening in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery had its third opening today (Wed 3-26-14), concentrated in the waters just south of downtown. The opening lasted one hour and ten minutes, starting at 2:30 p.m. and closing at 3:40 p.m. more

Court: Reinstate Tongass roadless rule exemption

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A federal appeals court issued an opinion saying the roadless rule should not apply to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. more

At assembly, haircuts and huzzahs

A well documented haircut: high school students Salma Zakiyah and Rosie Palof had their heads shaved as part of a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, at Tuesday night's meeting of the Sitka Assembly. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Sitka Assembly took time out from their usual business on Tuesday night to recognize local volunteers –and fit in a couple quick haircuts. Mayor Mim McConnell declared Friday, March 28th, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day, in honor of the charity, which raises money for research into childhood cancers. She also declared April 1st to be Americorps Day. more

When disaster struck Allen took care of what he could

Bob Allen (right) was on a fishing boat near Kodak during Alaska's 1964 earthquake. Allen brother Jack (left) was a State Trooper in Anchorage.

Bob Allen is known around Southeast now for his his family shipbuilding and cruise business, Allen Marine. But five decades ago, he was fishing south of Kodiak Island far from his family when disaster struck. Allen says when you can’t take care of your own, you take care of what you can. more

Opening day herring estimate up to 5,500 tons; no fishing today

The Sitka herring fleet heads north to the season's first opener on Thursday. (Kevin Knox photo)

There was no fishing today (Fri 3-21-14) in the Sitka sac roe herring fishery, as processors worked through yesterday’s harvest. The estimated catch in Thursday’s season opener has been revised upward: Fish & Game now reports 5,500 tons were landed. Seiners reported a high-quality catch, but said price remains a concern. more

Seiners land 4K tons in herring season opener

Seiners in Starrigavan Bay during the first opening of Sitka's 2014 sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game declared the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery open at 1:45 p.m Thursday. The fishing area covered much of Starrigavan and Katlian bays, north of Sitka. The opening lasted two hours and thirty-five minutes, closing at 4:20 p.m. If sold at last year’s price, today’s catch would be worth about $2.4-million to fishermen at the docks. more

Sitka guidebook charts course for Fish-to-Schools programs

According to SCS, participation in school lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen increased on days when local fish is served.

Sitka’s Fish-to-Schools program will be easier to reproduce in other communities, thanks to a new handbook from the Sitka Conservation Society. A Guide to Serving Local Fish in School Cafeterias was published online last week (3-14-14) by the Society. It contains everything someone needs to know to navigate the sometimes-choppy waters to get locally-caught seafood onto public school menus. more

Seiners worried by weak herring market

Fishermen and processors listened to an update on the herring fishery from the ADF&G on Wednesday, March 19.

Sitka’s lucrative herring fishery goes on two-hour notice as of 8 a.m. Thursday (3-20-14). That means fishing could start as soon as Thursday morning, depending on whether test samples taken by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game find a high enough … more

Sitka herring fishery could open as soon as Thursday

Seiners wait at the newly reopened ANB harbor for the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery to open.

It’s herring time. The multi-million dollar Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery could open as early as the end of this week. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has announced that as of 8 a.m. Thursday, the fishery will be placed on two-hour notice. more

House considers medevac membership program

Airlift Northwest's Shelly Deering explains the medical equipment in a medevac Learjet. She urged lawmakers to pass a bill allowing the service's membership program to keep operating in Alaska. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska)

A bill aimed at restoring a popular medevac insurance program is getting some attention in the House. more