Aerial herring surveys begin

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game started performing aerial herring surveys in the Sitka Sound last week in preparation for the upcoming sac roe herring fishery.

Aerial surveys are conducted by Fish and Game to search for herring spawn and, if spotted, map their location and take aerial photographs.

Though no groups of herring spawn have been recorded yet, surveyors have recorded sightings of herring predators in the area.

On Tuesday, 65 sea lions were spotted off of Inner Point while a total of 27 humpback whales were seen throughout the sound.

Data collected through the surveys are acce...


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