The Kodiak commercial herring sac
roe fishery opened for gillnetters and purse seiners on Wednesday, and one
section has already been closed to seiners for the remainder of the season.
Fish and Game expects it to be a good year for the fishery with both effort and
harvest on the rise.
About 25 to 30 boats are
participating in the fishery, according to Jeff Wadle, area biologist for
salmon and herring with Fish and Game. He said seiners met their guideline
harvest level or GHL of 300 tons in the Danger Bay
section, which will now be closed to seiners for the remainder of the season,
in the first day.
-- (Wadle 1 19 sec "We've
got somewhere around ... next, probably Uganik.") Wadle said effort appears to be up
from last year, especially for gillnetters, which he hopes to see increase
significantly, after changes were made in how fishing periods are implemented
-- (Wadle 2 21 sec "It's a little bit better ...
in the last three years.")
called early returns in terms of harvest numbers, "so far, so good,"
and said he expects this year's GHL, which has increased by about 50 tons, to
be met. He said early returns indicate a roe percentage of 10 to 13 percent.
3 36 sec "We got some good harvest ...
it's looking good.")
said he hopes the early positive numbers in terms of both effort and harvest
are indicators of yet another successful season in what he says has become one
of the steadiest commercial fisheries. The only other herring fishery in Kodiak
is food and bait, which occurs during the winter months. For more information
on fishing periods and districts, refer to Fish and Game's web site. I'm Erik