March 15, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 11

USCG discourages aggressive behavior during Sitka fishery

The U.S. Coast Guard has advised permit holders for the annual Sitka Herring Sac-Roe fishery that they will increase the number of boarding teams in Sitka and will, “conduct immediate on-scene boardings of intentional collisions that occur during the fishery.”

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Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, U.S. Coast Guard
A fleet of fishing vessels finishing off-loading their catch of herring during the 2011 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery in Sitka Sound April 4, 2011. The fishery is open for a few hours for as many as five days each year and more than 50 vessels attempt to catch as many fish for their roe as possible in that time.

The letter was sent to all permit holders in late February by S. W. Bornemann, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port in Southeast Alaska.

The captain noted the USCG has conducted multiple investigations of collisions, near misses and negligent vessel operations that have resulted in damage to vessels totaling in the hundr...

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