- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery could open as early as Thursday.

KCAW (https://bit.ly/1kJV4sX) reports the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is placing the fishery on a two-hour notice.

That means seiners could have their nets in the water as soon as Thursday morning, if the department’s test samples find a high enough percentage of mature roe, or eggs, in the fish.

Though the fishery is usually only open for a week, its economic value is around $6 million to fishermen on the docks.

In the last two years, the herring spawn happened so fast, the fleet was not able to catch the full limit.

This year’s target is 16,000 tons.

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Information from: KCAW-FM, https://www.kcaw.org


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