One of the state’s most lucrative herring fisheries is poised to begin this month. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game will begin aerial surveys for the Sitka Sound sac roe fishery this week. The fifty-six permit holders will be competing this year for a record quota of 14, 723 tons. Based on last year’s average price that’s about $7,000,000 worth of herring harvested in as few as two days.
Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka