ADFG closed the Sitka Sound Sac Roe Herring Fishery on April 12th. The fleet harvested approximately 13,534 tons in 3 openings on March 31, April 2 & April 7th. This was only 47% of the 2012 season GHL of 28,829 tons. As of April 12th, the total cumulative spawn is approximately 54 nautical miles. The decision to close the fishery was based on the completion of hte major spawning in Sitka Sound, and vessel and aerial surveys conducted over the last several days have not identified a biomass of pre-spawning herring in the Sitka Sound area at this time.
The West Behm Canal was not opened for the 2012 fishery. There was 7.3 miles of spawn but the majority of the spawning took place in areas closed to fishing.