I’m seeing a tons of search requests for herring news. So, here are the latest updates from Fish and Game. The quota is predicted to be massive in Sitka this year, at 29,008 tons. Behm Canal will be having a herring fishery this spring as well. Up to as many as 48 boats have the option to participate, yet it hardly ever draws large numbers. Togiak will also be having a healthy fishery this season. So, what kind of demand would it take to get a decent price this year? Its seems that the high volume of herring might affect the overall price. After last season it, would be nice to actually get paid a reasonable price. In the past the commercial fishery was as high as $2,000 a ton. Last season, we fished for $100 a ton. The Canadian fishery starts fish in the spring, so that should be a decent price index for the Alaskan fisheries. Here is a slideshow from the 2011 season and some .pdfs.
- Fresh Herring Fishery off to Slow Start (blogs.sfweekly.com)
- Sitka Herring Update | Massive Upcoming Quota (juneautek.com)
- Pricing and Trends | Alaska Commercial Fishing (juneautek.com)
- The Little Herring Gets a Big Role | NYTimes.com (juneautek.com)
- 2011 West Coast Commercial Fishing Year in Review | Part I (juneautek.com)