The F/V Lady Louise handed out 5000 lbs. of freshly harvested roe to Sitkans today (03-29-16). The giveaway was sponsored by the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance, with donations from the sac roe herring fleet.
As the fleet awaited word for an opening this morning, a smaller fishery was in action this afternoon (03-22-16). Staff at the Sitka Pioneer Home brought a dozen residents to jig for herring in ANB Harbor.
While commercial fishermen were on the water anxiously awaiting the next herring opening in Sitka, some residents gathered on land for a traditional Tlingit ceremony. The Blessing of Herring Rock happens every year to get the fish to come back to the Sound to spawn.