ADFG expect huge Togiak herring return but low harvest this season

The Togiak herring fishery opened to the purse seine fleet today, kicking off the 2022 season. The state department of Fish and Game anticipates a herring biomass of over 357,000 tons, the largest forecast since the state started using its current assessment model three decades ago. When department staff flew a survey on Tuesday, they saw lots of herring, but no fishermen yet. “We flew, we only saw two tenders over there,” Sands said. “There weren’t any fishing vessels yet. I know they’re on their way. Sometimes it can take several days: Just because the herring are there doesn’t mean the roe is mature enough for the companies to want to harvest them.” >click to read< 11:14

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