From Alaska News Feed, 3/27/14
Sitka’s remunerative herring fishery goes on two-hour notice as of 8 a.m. Thursday (3-20-14). That means fishing could start as shortly as Thursday morning, depending on either exam samples taken by a Alaska Department of Fish Game find a high adequate commission of mature roe, or eggs, in a fish.
But some fishermen are apprehensive.
Seiners contend this year’s quota, during over 16,000 tons, is high. The peculiarity of a fish, in exam samples, is good. What worries them is a market.
“The transparent thing is, is it’s a very, very, unequivocally poor, if not a lowest marketplace conditions I’ve ever seen,” pronounced Jamie Ross, of Homer, who has been fishing herring in Sitka given 1993. ”It’s an intensely bad marketplace situation.”
By a a time a fishery is about to open, Ross said, a swift customarily has an allege cost from processors. In new years, that’s been about $400 to $500 per ton. That cost is afterwards infrequently practiced adult — final year, fishermen finished with a final cost around $600 per ton. In 1996, seiners saw their top cost ever, during over $1700 per ton.
But this year, Ross said, fishermen haven’t perceived any allege price. And that has him worried.
“You know, I’m not peaceful to come out of this fishery with no price,” he said. “I meant we can’t, we can’t means that. we consider that it’s an impossibly frightful conditions for all of us. And a processors are a unequivocally tough position…So we have to pierce brazen while these fish are ripening up, that could be tomorrow, and we know, oh my gosh, what do we do? So we’re perplexing to come adult with some ideas that maybe we could assistance revoke a processors’ risk.”
At a assembly among permit-holders on Wednesday afternoon, one of a ideas discussed was to fish as a mild – an surprising step for a famously rival herring fishery. That, however, would need a appearance of all of a fishery’s 48 seiners. As of Wednesday night, it wasn’t transparent either that would be probable — or even necessary
Processors, for instance, pronounced they were not as concerned. KCAW spoke with one processor who pronounced a conditions this year is not atypical, yet markets in Asia, where a weal roe is sold, are weak, and there is an oversupply of product left over from final year. That’s due in partial to a vast Togiak herring harvest: in 2013, fishermen in Togiak, Alaska hauled in scarcely 29,000 tons of herring.
Meanwhile, a Department of Fish Game announced that an aerial consult of Sitka Sound conducted Wednesday located a organisation of 180 sea lions in a closeness of Bielei Rocks, north of Middle Island.
A Fish Game news recover says that a vast biomass of herring is in a same area.
The department’s investigate vessel Kestrel also identified a series of smaller schools of herring from Starrigavan Bay to Dog Point.
Test samples of herring held in a area showed a roe commission of 9.7 percent. The dialect looks for 10-percent mature roe before opening a seine fishery.
Starting Thursday (3-20-14) a Department of Fish Game will emanate informational updates over a radio during 11 AM and 4 PM, yet they might start during any time as necessary. Those updates can be listened on VHF radio, on Channel 10.