Herring season wrapped up earlier this spring in Sitka Sound with the largest commercial harvest in the history of the sac roe fishery. Herring management nevertheless continues to be controversial, and – many would argue – weighted heavily toward market demand in Asia. But what exactly is that market? Earlier this year, KCAW spoke with a Japanese anthropologist studying the history of herring in his home country, and how the market is changing along with the tastes and habits of the Japanese themselves.
Sitka has a sister city in Nemuro, Japan. Like Sitka, Nemuro is an ocean-facing fishing port, but bigger - about 30,000 people to Sitka’s 10,000. And on Monday (04-04-16), Nemuro citizens visited Sitka’s city hall to commemorate their decades-long relationship.