After Harvest, Sitka Tribe Renews Herring Concerns

Photo by Ed Ronco, KCAW - Sitka

This year’s lower-than-expected herring harvest has renewed calls from the Sitka Tribe of Alaska to change the fishery.

The Tribe has long expressed worries about the amount of fish taken by the commercial fleet in the lucrative Sitka fishery. This year, fishermen caught only about half of what they were allowed. The Tribe sees it as validation of a long-held concern. But a state biologist says although this year definitely requires some study, the model used to manage the fishery is still good.

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