3,500 tons of herring harvested in Sitka opener


March 23, 2017

Photo courtesy of John Otness

The F/V St. Lazaria on its way to offload its catch of Sitka Sac Roe Herring on March 20.

On March 19, the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery opened in northwest Sitka Sound from 2:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest at 3,500 tons.

Opening was based on three samples taken from the area with the following results: Mountain Point, 11.3% mature roe, 1.1% immature roe, 128 gram average weight; Rob Point, 10.9% mature roe, 0.4% immature roe, 120 gram average weight; and Rob Point, 10.7% mature roe, 1.6% immature roe, 112 gram average weight.

Monday's aerial survey covered Sitka Sound north of Eastern Channel. No spawn was observed. Herring...

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