The F/V Lady Louise handed out 5000 lbs. of freshly harvested roe to Sitkans today (03-29-16). The giveaway was sponsored by the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance, with donations from the sac roe herring fleet.
As the fleet awaited word for an opening this morning, a smaller fishery was in action this afternoon (03-22-16). Staff at the Sitka Pioneer Home brought a dozen residents to jig for herring in ANB Harbor.
While commercial fishermen were on the water anxiously awaiting the next herring opening in Sitka, some residents gathered on land for a traditional Tlingit ceremony. The Blessing of Herring Rock happens every year to get the fish to come back to the Sound to spawn.
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.