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Herring fishing possible today; no opening 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."

Herring harvest now at 10,300 tons

After a productive opening on Sunday afternoon (3-23-14), the Sitka sac roe herring fleet is over halfway towards it harvest goal. Fishermen landed an estimate 5,000 tons in beginning at 1:30 Sunday afternoon, just 300 tons less than the harvest in last Thursday’s season opener -- and a little more than the Department of Game was aiming for. The total now stands at 10,300 tons -- with 6,300 tons left to go. No fishing is likely for the next two days.

Second herring opening today in Starrigavan, Katlian bays

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 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.

No herring fishing today; second opening possible Sunday

A seiner crosses beneath O'Connell Bridge during a day off in the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)The Department of Fish and Game announced at 11 a.m. (Sat 3-22-14) that there will be no fishing today in the Sitka Sound herring fishery, as processors continue to work through Thursday's catch. Boats will head out tomorrow morning to do test fishing between Crow Island and Inner Point. If a fishery does occur on Sunday it will likely be smaller in size than Thursday's 5,500 ton catch, said Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon.

Herring child

Eric and Erin Matthes brought their son, Ever, to join dozens of Sitkans watching the opening of the sac roe herring season on Thursday (3-20-14). Ever is a true "herring baby," said his parents. Born during herring season, he'll turn three on Friday. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Eric and Erin Matthes brought their son, Ever, to join the dozens of Sitkans who lined Halibut Point Road to watch the opening of the sac roe herring season on Thursday. Ever is a true "herring baby," said his parents. Born during herring season, he'll turn three on Friday.

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.

ADF&G to open herring fishing in Starrigavan, Katlian bays

(KCAW graphic/Robert Woolsey)The Sitka herring fishery will open this afternoon. The Department of Fish & Game has announced that the first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be at approximately 1:45 PM today (Thu 3-20-14) in the area of Starrigavan and Katlian bays.

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.

Fishermen and processors listened to an update on the herring fishery from the ADF&G on Wednesday, March 19. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

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 … 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.

Herring harvest limit to be lower than forecast

Seine boats await an opening at Crescent Harbor, prior to the 2012 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. (KCAW photo/Ed Ronco)Sitka’s spring herring fishery will be about 1,000 tons less than originally estimated, the Department of Fish & Game announced today. The harvest level for the herring fishery in Sitka Sound will be just over 16,000 tons. That’s about 7 percent lower than the preliminary harvest amount announced in December.