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SITKA, ALASKA — With seiners on the verge of wrapping up this year's sac roe herring fishery, attention is shifting back to the traditional importance of the Sitka Sound herring spawn: herring eggs.
 
Members of the Kiksadi clan gathered in front of the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tuesday morning for the Blessing of the Herring Rock, marking the ceremonial start of the subsistence harvest season for herring eggs.
 
Members of the tribe and other Sitkans gathered at the rock - a piece taken from the original Herring Rock in Sitka harbor where the spawn would traditionally start - to commemorate the season and offer thanks for the herring spawn.
 
Fred Hope, who is the leader of the Point House in the Kiksadi clan, said the multi-million dollar blitz of the sac roe fishery is troubling to those who rely on herring eggs for subsistence.
 
"The whole of Sitka Sound was a spawning area, and that's a big area. Every rock had spawn around it. Every bay had spawn around it," Hope said. "It was amazing."
 
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NMFS announced two changes in regulations that apply to federal fishing permit holders starting Aug. 26.

First, they have eliminated the requirement for vessel owners to submit “did not fish” reports for the months or weeks when their vessel was not fishing.

Some of the restrictions for upgrading vessels listed on federal fishing permits have also been removed.

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Some Alaska fishing and environmental groups believe an international review is the best way to develop specific, binding commitments to ensure clean water, salmon, jobs and traditional and customary practices are not harmed by British Columbia mines and that adequate financial assurances are in place up front to cover long-term monitoring and compensation for damages.

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