Herring purse seiners catch 16,500 tons

Purse seine vessels have harvested 16,490 tons of the 16,490-ton quota in the Togiak herring fishery, bringing their season to an end, while the gillnet fishery remains open for a single gillnet vessel.

Overall roe recovery was reported at 11.4 percent from 366-gram fish.

The last seiner catch for the season was 3,790 tons on May 1, prompting the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Dillingham office to close the fishery on May 2.

ADF&G has advised processors to have fish tickets and final operations reports submitted to the Dillingham office within 10 days of ceasing operations.

The Sitka sac roe herring fishery closed in April 8,300 tons short of its quota.

Just what price the Togiak herring will bring is not yet known, but Warner Lew, fleet manager for Icicle Seafoods, said in an interview with public radio station KDLG in Dillingham that he’s optimistic that there could be increased demand for Togiak herring because of the low harvest in Sitka.

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