The F/V Lady Louise handed out 5000 lbs. of freshly harvested roe to Sitkans today (03-29-16). The crew distributed the salty subsistence food at New Thompson Harbor at 2:30 this afternoon (03-29-16).
Captain Jeff Jackson, from Kake, said hemlock branches were pulled at 10:30 a.m. this morning from West Kasiana Island. Sitkans approached the vessel with plastic bags and thank yous, some munching on the spot.
F/V Lady Louise was hired to harvest by the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance. As in year’s past, said SHCA Executive Director Steve Reifenstuhl, permit holders with the sac roe herring fishery funded the giveaway operation. The fishery closed on Monday, due to small fish and fast spawning.