The herring harvest in the ongoing Togiak Sac Roe fishery slowed down a little on Friday. Friday’s total harvest was just over 820-tons with the purse seine fleet hauling in 475-tons and the gillnetters harvesting 346-tons of herring.
Pavlof Volcano erupting on May 16, 2013. Photo taken from about 6,000 ft, at 10:20 am, by pilot Theo Chesley. This view is looking at the north side of Pavlof; the peak in the foreground is Pavlof Sister.
The Federal Government is starting the process to determine if the harbor seals that call Iliamna Lake home should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. On Thursday NOAA Fisheries announced that a status review will be undertaken to determine if the Iliamna Lake seals are a distinct population segment of the Pacific harbor seal. The review will also look at whether or not the seals should be listed as threatened or endangered.
Bristol Bay's massive commercial salmon fishery will get started next month and fishermen are already gearing up. The U.S. Coast Guard is also getting ready for the season with safety inspectors scheduled to be in the region later this month and for much of June. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.
Fishermen participating in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery have hauled in over a third of their quota. Through Tuesday the total herring harvest was 10.3-thousand tons. Fishermen are working with a total quota of just over 30-thousand tons.