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Fishermen harvest 5,000 tons of herring in Sitka fishery

 

Photo courtesy of Don Spigelmyre

The F/V Freedom, F/V Defiant and F/V Steelhead set a net in the waters near Signal Island on March 27 for the herring fishery.

The Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery opened for a 5th time at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday March 31.

On Tuesday's herring survey, ADF&G vessels located numerous large schools of herring extending from Sandy Beach to Starrigavin Gay, from Lisianski Point to Dog Point in Hayward Strait and near Deep Inlet. A large biomass of herring was observed from Crescent Harbor to Thimbleberry Bay.

Harvest from the fishery conducted on March 29 totaled approximately 1,500-tons of herring and the cumulative harvest through this date totals 5,000 tons.

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