Participation from the gillnet fleet has been low in recent years. This spring, Fish and Game will open the area from Kulukak Bay to Right Hand Point to gillnetters first, as usual. But if there are none, it will open fishing to seiners.
It looks like the largest herring fishery in Alaska could get a little bigger next year based on a larger forecast and bigger harvest quota. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued the 2015 Togiak Herring Forecast on Thursday.
Alaska’s largest herring fishery suffered a significant loss in value this year as the grounds price for herring was cut in half. KDLG’s Mike Mason took a look at the just released season summary for this report.
Alaska’s largest herring fishery is essentially over despite that fact that the fishery is open until further notice. The total harvest in this year’s Togiak sac-roe herring fishery is over 24-thousand tons, which is still short of the 27.8-thousand ton quota available to fishermen.
The Togiak sac-roe herring fishery keeps chugging right along. Another 1.3-thousand tons of herring were harvested Saturday to push the season total to just over 23-thousand tons. That still short of the total quota of 27.8-thousand tons.
Commercial fishermen hauled in just over 2-thousand tons of herring Wednesday as part of the ongoing Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. That pushes the season total to just over 19-thousand tons. That’s still well short of the available quota of 27.8-thousand tons.
Commercial fishermen participating in the ongoing Togiak sac-roe herring fishery are still finding harvestable fish and so far no one has gone home. On Tuesday over 1.9-thousand tons of herring were harvested and the roe percentage of the fish harvested by the gillnet fleet was 11.86-percent. That’s the highest percentage recorded so far in the fishery, which is in its second week.