Sitka Herring Fishery Goes on 2-hour Notice

Still no herring fishery in Sitka, where the fleet remained on two-hour notice for a fourth day Friday. More samples will be taken Saturday to see if the roe inside the herring is mature enough to harvest. When a fishery is called, it will be the fleet’s first go at 29,000 tons of the small silverfish. The guideline harvest level is 10,000 more tons than last year. That could be good news for the 48 permit holders in one of Alaska’s most lucrative fisheries. But it also raises concerns with Sitka’s local tribal government, which has mounted a publicity campaign to protest the high harvest limit. KCAW’s Ed Ronco has more.

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