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Herring fishery's quota down sharply


SITKA (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the preliminary guideline harvest level for the 2015 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery is 8,712 tons.

That’s just over half of last year’s quota of 16,333 and the lowest expected GHL in more than 10 years.

The preliminary harvest level is based on a 19.7 percent harvest rate of a mature biomass forecast of 44,237 tons, said Dave Gordon, area management biologist. The preliminary GHL is quite a bit below the 10-year average of 13,500, and far below the 2014 catch of 16,957 tons. Gordon said the GHL hasn’t been this...

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