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Third Sitka Sound herring opener set for Thursday


James Poulson / Sitka Sentinel

Petersburg Seiner Jean C. transfers herring to tender during an opening during 2010’s fishery in Sitka.

On Monday, April 2, the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery was opened in the northwest portion of Sitka Sound and brought in an estimated catch of 5,610 tons. The fishery opened at 11:30 a.m. and closed at 4:40 p.m.

The preliminary harvest for the first opening on March 31 is 4,730 tons for a total harvest this season of 10,440 tons. This leaves approximately 18,390 tons remaining of this year’s guideline harvest level of 28,829 tons, according to a release from the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

The plan is to stand down on further fishing until Thursday, April 5 to allow for processing...

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