DILLINGHAM: Fishing continues for Togiak herring, as the gill netters remain open until further notice and the purse seiners are open for another 48 hours through 10:00 pm Friday.

The gillnetters catch is confidential, as there are only two buyers. On Tuesday the purse seiners harvested 1,557 tons, bringing their season total just past 12,370 tons. Seiners are more than halfway to their season quota of 20,309 tons. Fish and Game reported the average herring weight dropped slightly to 393 grams, but the roe average is still 11.2 percent.

The Department also reported several areas of deadloss during an aerial survey Tuesday. Deadloss, said area manager Tim Sands, speaking Wednesday, is herring that have been caught by seiners but dumped prior to being pumped on board the tender.

"We see it as piles of dead fish on the bottom. You can see it because it's a big white or shiny area, and a lot of times there are a lot of birds or sea lions working on it," said Sands.

Read the full story at KDLG-FM>>

Want to read more about Togiak herring? Click here...

Have you listened to this article via the audio player above?

If so, send us your feedback around what we can do to improve this feature or further develop it. If not, check it out and let us know what you think via email or on social media.

A collection of stories from guest authors.

Join the Conversation