Sitka herring fishery launched

The first opening in the annual Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery Wednesday yielded 530 tons of fish in a four-hour opening west of Crow Island and Bieli Rock, the Department of Fish and Game said today.

Fishing continued today in an expanded area that included the Kruzof Island shoreline, with the catch of another 2,200 tons reported as of noon.

Wednesday’s opening started at 3 p.m. and closed at 7 p.m. The fishery was reopened at 9 a.m. today.
The 48 permit holders have agreed to have a cooperative fishery this year, sharing the proceeds of the catches hauled in by the designated seiners.

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