Humpbacks hounding herring in Aleutians

On Monday, Russell reported about 1,200 tons harvested from a quota of 1,878 tons. Normally, fishing would be done by now, he said, but for two problems: The whales, and the “huge biomass” of herring swimming too deep. Fishermen ideally want to catch the fish on the surface, but can round them up to a maximum of 10 fathoms, or 60 feet, he said. “Nice long ribbons” of underwater herring were seen on fishing boat electronics monitors. “They can see the fish, but they won’t come up,” Russell said. “The fish seem to be pretty scattered between Akutan and Unimak Pass.” Read the rest here 11:39

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