Including Monday’s harvest, the total amount of herring pulled out of Sitka Sound over three openings is roughly 12,700 tons. That leaves about 68-hundred tons yet to harvest.

Alaska Department of Fish & Game plans to stand down on further openings until at least Thursday to allow processors time to work through what’s been harvested so far. Fish & Game officials report that the main biomass area is south of Sitka.

Fisherman have to capture the fish before they spawn. Information released today by Fish & Game says some herring spawn was seen April 3 near the Sheldon Jackson Hatchery, and had expanded the next day to several hundred yards along the shore of Sitka National Historical Park. No other spawn has been observed as of Tuesday morning.

Monday’s opening was the third of the season.
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