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Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery closes; 14,600 tons harvested


March 30, 2017

Submitted Illustration

Map of the herring spawn area

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery is closed for the season. The fishery was opened in northwest Sitka Sound on March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on March 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, as a controlled fishery. Preliminary hails from processors put the total harvest for these openings at 1,100 tons, with a cumulative harvest for the season of 14,600 tons.

That was just under the guideline harvest level (GHL) proposed for the 2017 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery of 14,649 tons based on a 20% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 73,245 tons in December 2016.


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