SITKA, ALASKA The Department of Fish & Game says it will continue to test-fish for herring – and to hold commercial seine openings, if necessary — in an area of Sitka Sound considered critical for subsistence.
The decision was made over the objection of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
The herring sac-roe fishery is now on two-hour notice. At a meeting of permit holders, processors, and tribal officials this morning (Mon 3-24-08), ADF&G management biologist Dave Gordon said he had no plans to abandon test fishing, and no authority to close an area.
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