Season Winds Down for Aleutian Herring Fleet
Tuesday, July 22 2014
There's still fish in the water, but seiners are done harvesting herring in the Aleutian Islands.
The purse seine fleet picked up their last load of herring on Saturday night north of Akutan. Fish & Game biologist Nathaniel Nichols says that leaves about 160 tons of herring on the table out of the 1,805 tons up for harvest this season.
"The processors decided they had enough before we got to the allocation, so they quit fishing," says Nichols.
Westward, Trident, and Peter Pan Seafoods each sent a purse seine vessel to participate. Nichols says the processors paid between $300 and $550 per ton for herring -- toward the high end of their usual price range.
The unused herring allocation will roll over to the gillnet fleet on Friday as scheduled. But so far, no vessels have signed up to harvest it.