Herring may be one of the most heated issues before the Alaska Board of Fisheries, as meetings continue this week in Sitka. The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has three proposals before the board, one seeks to limit the guideline harvest level in the Sitka Sound Sac Roe herring fishery. Another STA proposal seeks to increase the amount necessary for subsistence herring spawn, and another would include herring taken in the test fishery be included in the overall guideline harvest level quota. One proposal from the Ketchikan Herring Association would close commercial herring completely in Areas 1A through 16.
Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, KCAW – Sitka