Coming into the season, Sitka Sound herring seiners had a record 28,829-ton quota in front of them.
But the blockbuster harvest wasn't to be.
Today, the Department of Fish and Game closed the season after a scratchy harvest of 13,534 tons, or less than half of that big quota.
The department said the decision was "based on the completion of major spawning in Sitka Sound."
Of course, Sitka herring are valuable only if harvested before they spawn and drop their prized roe.
Well, Deckboss imagines we'll be debating this curious herring season for quite some time.
Maybe a smaller harvest is for the best, given the poor price Sitka herring fetched last year.
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