5,600 Tons in Second Sitka Herring Opening

The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will stand down until Thursday, in order to give processors time to catch up with the incoming catch. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates fishermen cought roughly 5,600 tons of fish during the second opening on Monday. That brings the total harvested so far to more than a third of this year’s guideline harvest level.   The herring must be caught before they deposit their eggs. ADF&G management biologist Dave Gordon says the timing of the fishery is always a concern.

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Ed Ronco is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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