The Sitka Sound seine fleet saw a fourth and final herring opener Saturday, taking an estimated 3,935 tons.
That brings the total to 17,231 tons. The "guideline" harvest limit going into the season was 16,333 tons.
The season is now closed, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today.
As for prices paid to fishermen, Deckboss has no definitive numbers at this point.
The full value of the catch generally isn't established until after processors market the product.
The size of the Sitka catch isn't the only price factor. It also matters what other Pacific herring fisheries produce. These fisheries stretch from California to remote Western Alaska, with some occurring before Sitka and some after.
Sitka herring are valued primarily for their eggs, or roe. The pack goes almost entirely to Asia.
The notoriously combative Sitka fishery apparently proceeded without incident this season. Either that, or news of any trouble simply hasn't reached us yet.
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