Kodiak herring fishery starts April 1

Just 8 Kodiak seiners have geared up for herring on average over the past 10 years.

by | March 11, 2024

Few boats expected to target a high harvest

The Kodiak sac roe herring fishery will open on April 1 to seiners and gillnetters.

Fishermen will compete for a harvest of 8,200 tons (16.4 million pounds), one of the region’s higher guidelines — although the total catch has averaged just 3,100 (6.2 million pounds) tons over the past decade, according to an ADF&G presentation to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

No gillnetters have geared up for herring in recent years, and only three seiners participated in the herring fishery in 2023.

The seine average in the past ten years has been just eight boats, according to an ADF&G presentation to the Alaska Board of Fisheries. The value of Kodiak’s herring fishery has averaged just $410,000.

Unlike other Alaska regions where herring fisheries are concentrated in a few areas and can last a few days, Kodiak’s fishery can last to June 30 in a dozen districts around the Island.

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About Laine

Laine Welch has covered the Alaska fish beat for print and radio since 1988. She also has worked “behind the counter” at retail and wholesale seafood companies in Kodiak and on Cape Cod.

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