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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.

Herring tapering down with half of quota unharvested

The Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring fishery is tapering down, with about half of this year’s targeted harvest still in the water. Plans to organize a cooperative fishery to boost the harvest are unresolved, and may not do any good anyway.

First herring opening yields roughly 2,100T

olbrych_herring_032713-2The herring fleet gathered about 2,100 tons of fish during Wednesday’s first opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

Sitka committee rejects subsistence permit idea

Mike Baines sets hemlock branches in 2010. Herring deposit their eggs on the branches, which are then harvested for use as a traditional food. (KCAW file photo by Ed Ronco)The proposal was brought forward by the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance. Executive director Steve Reifenstuhl says he introduced the idea for subsistence roe permits because claims of a poor harvest have been used as a wedge issue against the fishery.

Subsistence herring proposal fails to get committee nod

Seine boats fish for herring during a 2010 opening near the Gavanski islands. Under a proposal discussed Tuesday, this zone would be limited to subsistence. (KCAW file photo by Ed Ronco)The proposals before the Board of Fish seek to establish subsistence-only zones for herring in Sitka Sound. The zones encompass an area along Sitka’s road system, from just south of O’Connell Bridge all the way up to the Gavanski islands.