National Fisherman

Southeast Alaska's winter food and bait herring fishing is scheduled to open in certain areas at noon on Nov. 30.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the opening Tuesday.

Section 3-B and District 4's Craig and Klawock fishery is granted a guideline harvest level of 2,436 tons. Forecasts of spawning stock estimates age five herring.

ADF&G said in a press release that the fishery will open in "Section 3-B waters west of line from Blanquizal Point to Point Santa Rosalia to Tranquil Point and in those waters of District 4 north and east of a line from Lontana Point to Diver Point," according to a ADF&G release.

Read the full story at Juneau Empire

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