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Strong dollar and oversupply meant slow herring season in Sitka

Crew members on the Star Shadow make repairs after the second day of herring fishing in 2015. From left: Brandon Ihde, Billy Nestle, and Devin Jones. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)This year's low herring prices changed Sitka's sac roe herring fishery from a free-for-all to a cooperative effort. The reason? Low prices for roe, for starters. And a strong US dollar that makes all American exports more expensive. KCAW looks at how global economic trends translated into a quiet spring in Sitka.

Sac roe fishery closes after slow and steady week

The Sequel makes a set during the fifth opening of the 2015 sac roe herring fishery, on March 22. (Photo courtesy of Big Dog Fish Company)The 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is over. The fleet reached its quota of about 8700 tons of herring on Wednesday evening (3-25-15), after a full week of slow and steady cooperative fishing.

Herring fleet closing in on harvest target

Seiners in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fleet during the second opening, on March 19, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Angela Marie Christensen)The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is just 900 tons away from its harvest target for the season.

Herring fleet takes 2900T in long second opening

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game opened waters north and west of Middle and Crow Islands during the second 2015 herring opener. (Map courtesy of ADF&G)Sitka’s sac roe herring fleet had its second opening on Thursday (3-19-15) -- and it was a long, slow day of fishing for a fleet used to short windows and fast action.

Co-op herring fishery means fewer boats, quiet year in Sitka

Permit-holders listen to ADF&G biologist Dave Gordon lay out how the 2015 herring fishery will work. This year's fishery is being conducted as a co-op, so far fewer fishermen are in town. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is a quieter affair this year, as the fleet conducts its first fully cooperative fishery since the mid-90s. Permit-holders agreed to fish as a co-op because of worries about low prices.

Herring fishery to go on 2-hour notice Wednesday

Seiners in the fourth opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery, in 2014. (Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)Fish & Game will hold a meeting for permit-holders and processors at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the Westmark Hotel in downtown Sitka. The meeting is open to the public.

ADF&G gears up for herring season with first aerial surveys

The Department conducted its first aerial survey on Tuesday. Biologists spotted predators, including whales and sea lions, but saw no herring and no herring spawn.

Herring Camp connects tradition, science

Tristan Ballesderoz and Kyler Newton label a dissected herring during Knowledge of Herring Camp, on March 21. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Sitka National Historical Park Ranger Ryan Carpenter describes the unique partnership behind Herring Camp, a spring-break program for middle school students. Herring Camp mixes contemporary scientific methods with traditional knowledge to give students a well-rounded perspective on this critical resource. With Tribal culture-bearer Chuck Miller, resource protection manager Jeff Feldpausch, and camper Madison Roy-Mercer. Downloadable audio.

Board of Fish leaves herring status quo intact

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 Board of Fish began deliberations Thursday, the fourth day of their meeting in Sitka. But when it came to one of the most contentious issues, Sitka Sound herring, the Board chose to leave the status quo intact.

Board of Fish meeting opens Monday in Sitka

The Alaska State Board of Fisheries opens a ten-day meeting in Sitka this morning (Mon 2-23-15). On the agenda for the board are 107 proposals for changes in management to Southeast Alaska’s herring, salmon, and groundfish fisheries.