A Third of the Togiak Herring Quota Has Been Harvested

May 15, 2013

Fishermen participating in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery have hauled in over a third of their quota.     Through Tuesday the total herring harvest was 10.3-thousand tons. Fishermen are working with a total quota of just over 30-thousand tons.

On Tuesday the purse seine fleet hauled in 1,630 thousand tons of herring on 21 deliveries. That puts the purse seine total harvest at 8.2-thousand tons. So far this season the average roe percentage of the purse seine caught herring is 9.8-percent. The purse seine fleet is working with a quota of just over 21-thousand tons of herring.

On Tuesday the gillnet fleet made 81 deliveries to produce a harvest of 799-tons. That puts the total gillnet harvest at just over 2-thousand tons out of a quota of just over 9-thousand tons. So far the average roe percentage of the gillnet caught herring is 10.6-percent.

The annual Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery got started on Saturday with 26 registered seine vessels and 37-gillnetters. It's unclear if all of those vessels actually showed up. There are 6 processors participating in this year's fishery... Trident, Icicle, North Pacific, Ocean Beauty, Leader Creek and Yard Arm Knot. Based on a preseason survey ADF&G anticipated that the total processing capacity would be about 2.7-thousand tons of herring a day. That's up from last year's processing capacity of about 2-thousand tons a day. Currently the gillnet part of the fishery is open until further notice while the purse seine fishery has been extended through 10-pm Thursday night.

Vessels participating in the 2013 Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery.
Credit Thorey Munro