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Herring fishery on 2-hour notice


March 22, 2018

Photo courtesy of James Poulson / Sitka Sentinel

Crewmen on the Petersburg seiner Island Pride work on their nets this week at Crescent Harbor in Sitka. Permit holders in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery agreed to hold a cooperative fishery this year.

Daily aerial surveys by the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game continue as the Sitka Sound Herring Fishery was placed on two-hour notice on Tuesday, March 20.

During the past week herring have been located in deeper waters of Sitka Sound, but test samples continued to show immature roe.

On Wednesday, herring predators such as whales and sea lions continued to be seen in the area northwest of Bieli Rock, according to an ADF&G release.

A vessel survey conducted by the R/V Kestrel showed a large biomass of herring in the deeper waters northwest of Bieli Rock with several smaller schools northeast...

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