Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery Quota Announced

Sitka…..the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the final guideline harvest level (GHL) for the 2014 Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery is 16,333 tons based on a 20% harvest rate of a forecast mature biomass of 81,663 tons. This is 1,259 tons less than the preliminary GHL announced in December, 2013. This adjustment is based on the winter test fishery sample results showing smaller average weights-at-age for herring ages 3, 4, 5, and 6, when compared to the winter of 2013. The forecast indicates that ages 3-6 will represent 63% of the returning mature population this spring.

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