Amazing! There appears to be a huge bait explosion up and down the west coast. Squid, sardine, and herring have all been amazing fisheries the past few seasons. Every opener of the fishery usually takes about a 6,000 ton chunk. Basically, it means that it could be a long season in Sitka this spring. The way the fishery is managed this quota could take over three weeks to harvest. Ah, yes! The “Superbowl of Seining” lives up to its name. Here is a video from last year’s second opener. Made entirely on the iPhone 4.
An early number outlining how much herring the commercial seine fleet can catch is nearly 10,000 tons over last year’s amount.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game today announced a preliminary guideline harvest level, or GHL of 29,008 tons for the 2012 Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery. The competitive and lucrative fishery takes place in the spring.
Last year’s GHL was 19,430 tons. The forecast amount for this year is based on predictions that show a large mass of mature herring returning in the upcoming season. The forecasting model uses abundance and age composition data from surveys conducted after last year’s spring fishery, along with data stretching back several years.
- 2011 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year in Review | Part I (juneautek.com)
- Fresh Herring Fishery off to Slow Start (blogs.sfweekly.com)