More than half of harvest limit fished from Sitka waters
David Clark / Submitted Photo
Petersburg seiner F/V Island Pride ties up to the tender F/V Lady Kate to get pumped.
Fisherman fishing the Sitka Sound Herring Sac Roe fishery harvested more than half of its guideline harvest limit this past week.
As of March 23, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 9,858 tons of herring have been pulled out of the water leaving 6,475 tons remaining. There was an opening Wednesday afternoon that targeted around 3,000 tons but an exact harvest weight wasn't determined at the time this report was written.
On March 25, officials observed herring spawning on southwest Middle Island and in Sitka Channel.
48 seiners participate in the fishery.
dean haltner / Submitted Photo
Kehulu Pahulu and Tod Haltner aboard the F/V Island Pride hauling their approximately 265 ton set.