Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery Wraps Up

Ed Ronco, KCAW – Sitka

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery wrapped up over the weekend with an opening Saturday that pulled in 3,200 tons of the small silver fish.

The opening started at 4:10 p.m. and lasted 2 hours and 45 minutes. It was the fifth opening of the season. Preliminary numbers from all five openings show a total harvest of 19,636 tons. That’s about 150 tons over this year’s guideline harvest limit.

Dave Gordon is the area management biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game.

On Sunday, about eight nautical miles of active spawn were seen in Sitka Sound, along with another 0.7 nautical miles in the Goddard area. The total cumulative spawn is about 18 nautical miles.

Updates will continue to be posted on the herring hotline, at 747-1009.

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