The six proposals were withdrawn in a handwritten letter to the Board of Fish, signed by representatives of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and by the industry group, the Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance. The note read, "The undersigned hereby withdraw proposals 156-161."
Public testimony on the opening day of the Alaska Board of Fisheries Southeast finfish meeting split along predictable lines, with subsistence advocates speaking in favor of three proposals prepared by the Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and commercial fishing advocates speaking against them.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has developed a pair of interactive tools to help the public stay on top of where herring are spawning in Sitka Sound. The "Sitka Sound Daily Herring Spawn" is a step up from the diagrams that the department has published in the past. The "Sitka Sound Herring Survey" identifies where the major predator groups (whales and sea lions) are congregating, and shows the gps track of the ADF&G aerial survey.
I’d like to state that as a consumer of herring subsistence that I am in support of subsistence and
commercial harvesting. As a commercial fisherman, I’ve spent my time supporting both
ways of life, and I would say to this day that I am thankful to have had the opportunity to
benefit from both. -- Chuck Skeek