Biologists are looking into how a recent diesel spill around 15 miles northwest of Sitka will affect the sac roe herring fishery.
Seiners landed only 16,000 tons of herring last year, which was just under half of the harvest guideline.
Even with a more relaxed fishery, there was one accident on the water over the weekend when a seine boat capsized during Saturday’s opener.
Fish and Game conducted aerial surveys through the weekend, with schools of herring spotted near Bieli Rock and Vitskari Rocks. The fishery went on two-hour notice Saturday at 8 a.m.
The annual fishery didn’t happen at all in 2019 and 2020. Most of the herring were young and too small to meet international market demands, and the pandemic posed other challenges in 2020.
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