The Sitka Sound Sac Roe herring fishery opened for the third time on Monday (3-28-22). Seiners worked from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Hayward Strait area and in the southern part of Krestof Sound, around the Magoun Islands.

The fishery was open for 8 hours on Sunday, too. Fish and Game reports that around 2,700 tons of herring were caught throughout the day. As of press time, no estimate was available for Monday’s harvest. The guideline harvest level for this year’s fishery is over 45,000 tons, but no one in the industry believes that’s an attainable target this year, due to limited processing capacity.

During aerial surveys on Monday, Fish and Game reported eight nautical miles of spawn, along the Kruzof shoreline from Kamenoi Point to Shoals Point, Lava Island, North Middle Island and Crow Pass. And the department also reported observing spotty diesel sheen – the result of last week’s diesel spill – extending north from Olga Strait, Neva Strait and Salisbury Sound.