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Commercial Herring Fisheries
Southeast Alaska & Yakutat

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Harvest

Sitka Seine Sac Roe

A summary of the Sitka Sound herring sac roe fishery, 1979–2015.

Year Forecast Biomass (tons) GHL (tons) Sac Roe Harvest (tons) Roe % Nautical Miles Spawn Spawning Biomass (tons)a Total Run (tons) Exvessel $ Value (millions)b
1979 20,300 2,000 2,559 9.3 41.0 23,144 25,703 $5.60
1980 39,500 4,000 4,445 10.8 63.0 41,120 45,565 $2.15
1981 27,000 3,000 3,506 11 60.0 42,846 46,352 $2.38
1982 30,000 3,000 4,363 11.7 40.8 28,635 32,998 $3.20
1983 32,850 5,500 5,416 11.1 68.0 33,865 39,281 $5.03
1984 30,550 5,000 5,830 11.1 65.0 40,712 46,542 $3.73
1985 38,500 7,700 7,475 11.3 60.5 33,262 40,737 $7.88
1986 30,950 5,029 5,443 11.9 51.6 27,198 32,641 $7.41
1987 24,750 3,600 4,216 9.9 86.0 45,508 49,724 $4.40
1988 46,050 9,200 9,390 9.5 104.0 55,071 64,461 $4.17
1989 58,500 11,700 11,831 9.4 65.5 33,251 45,082 $1.18
1990 27,200 4,150 3,804 10.6 39.1 23,349 27,153 $7.95
1991 22,750 3,200 1,838 8.9 44.5 31,061 32,899 $0.21
1992 23,450 3,356 5,368 9.4 72.5 46,350 51,718 $1.37
1993 48,500 9,700 10,186 10.7 55.3 25,911 36,097 $3.48
1994 28,450 4,432 4,758 11 58.1 17,819 22,577 $3.63
1995 19,700 2,609 2,908 11.8 37.3 28,572 31,480 $3.93
1996 42,265 8,144 8,144 9.6 45.6 31,517 39,661 $14.35
1997 54,500 10,900 11,147 11.5 41.0 36,441 47,588 $4.73
1998 39,200 6,900 6,638 10.2 64.5 43,576 50,214 $1.65
1999 43,600 8,476 9,217 10.7 59.5 49,762 58,979 $4.91
2000 33,365 5,120 4,630 9.9 54.5 53,501 58,131 $2.67
2001 52,985 10,597 11,974 11.3 61.0 53,407 65,381 $5.79
2002 55,209 11,042 9,788 10.9 42.6 57,078 66,866 $4.44
2003 39,378 6,969 7,051 10.7 47.1 71,996 79,047 $3.20
2004 53,088 10,618 10,490 10.8 79.8 88,437 98,927 $5.16
2005 55,962 11,192 11,366 11.5 39.5 84,399 95,765 $6.12
2006 52,059 10,412 9,967 10.5 57.4 77,767 87,734 $2.64
2007 59,519 11,904 11,571 11.4 50.2 80,847 92,418 $5.70
2008 87,715 14,723 14,386 11.5 55.3 90,171 104,557 $8.90
2009 72,521 14,504 14,776 11.8 65.6 103,348 118,124 $12.70
2010 91,467 18,293 17,874 12.5 87.7 96,900 114,774 $12.10
2011 97,449 19,490 19,429 13.3 78.3 87,954 107,383 $5.17
2012 144,143 28,829 13,231 11.8 55.9 64,229 77,460 $8.50
2013 76,988 11,549 5,688 13.0 61.3 68,947 74,635 $4.44
2014 81,663 16,333 16,957 12.4 50.0 53,491 70,448 $3.05
2015 44,237 8,712 8,756 11.9 87.9 55,804 64,560 $2.19
Avg. 79-15 49,360 8,970 8,546 11.0 59.4 51,985 60,531 $5.03
Avg. 06-15 80,776 15,475 13,264 12.0 65.0 77,946 91,209 $6.54
a Spawning biomass estimates from 2015 ASA Model run.
b Preliminary

Season Hobart/Houghton  Kah Shakes/Cat I.  Seymour Canal Other Total
Tons Permits Tons Permits GHL Harvest in tons Permits Tons Tons
1976 - - 494 76 - - - 283 777
1977 - - 776 106 - - - 211 987
1978 - - 171 114 - - - 367 538
1979 - - 524 90 - - - - 524
1980 - - 1,149 112 - - - - 1,149
1981 - - 1,871 111 600 615 98 - 2,486
1982 - - 2,319 116 - - - - 2,319
1983 - - 3,113 122 - - - 33 3,146
1984 - - 2,177 126 375 499 101 - 2,676
1985 - - 2,159 120 - - - 2,159
1986 - - 1,530 117 300 392 84 - 1,922
1987 - - 1,452 117 400 302 88 - 1,754
1988 - - 1,145 119 534 586 97 - 1,732
1989 - - 595 85 332 541 103 - 1,136
1990 - - - - 312 359 70 - 359
1991 - - 660 84 - - - - 660
1992 - - 1,246 113 - - - - 1,246
1993 - - 737 102 - - - - 737
1994 - - 730 118 368 374 95 - 1,105
1995 - - 610 112 316 319 88 - 929
1996 - - 601 121 - - - - 601
1997 442 87 1,159 112 - - - 28 1,629
1998 351 53 616 84 633 585 72 - 1,552
1999 506 89 - - 595 706 86 - 1,213
2000 - - - - 346 389 43 - 389
2001 - - - - 474 620 54 - 620
2002 - - - - 1,096 1,066 62 - 1,066
2003 - - - - 1,712 1,519 76 - 1,519
2004 - - - - 838 804 85 - 804
2005 204 48 - - 894 945 61 - 1,150
2006 - - - - 1,508 1,187 39 - 1,187
2007 - - - - 1,292 1,219 44 - 1,219
2008 306 59 - - 1,205 1,208 60 - 1,510
2009 341 62 - - 1,471 866 73 - 1,208
2010 302 47 - - 657 710 54 - 1,013
2011 - - - - 835 c c c c
2012 - - - - 1,287 - - - -
2013 - - - - 1,014 235 51   235
2014 - - - - 772 422 12   422
2015 - - - - - - - - -
Avg. 1976–2015 350   1,174   596 625 80 - 1,296
Avg. 2006–2015 316   - - 1,116 835 48 - 971
c Confidential data.

Northern Spawn on Kelp

A historical summary of northern Southeast herring spawn-on-kelp fisheries and total regional harvests and values, 1990–2015.

Hoonah

Year Hoonah Sound
Herring
GHL 
(tons)
SOK
Harvest
(tons)
Permit
Holders
Landing
Fishery
Exvessel
Value
1990 150 12 99 $201,348
1991 150 13.6 83 $193,715
1992 150 23.1 108 $453,152
1993 150 14.8 64 $542,080
1994 150 33.3 110 $1,683,396
1995 150 28.7 125 $1,175,460
1996 - - - -
1997 1,421 64.3 125 $920,000
1998 700 85.6 115 $1,000,000
1999 778 93.8 86 $1,005,529
2000 359 36 84 $587,568
2001 366 66.2 87 $1,005,997
2002 1,264 136.6 98 $2,000,000
2003 427 141.6 108 $1,929,286
2004 1,207 236.1 107 $2,071,347
2005 728 181.7 94 $1,117,568
2006 669 162.1 79 $1,943,422
2007 681 159.4 91 $4,491,071
2008 2,238 228.1 101 $5,221,568
2009 2,238 234.7 101 $2,332,514
2010 3,182 290.4 101 $2,580,517
2011 3,015 193.7 89 $1,820,952
2012 2,139 186.5 73 $4,033,078
2013 130 - - -
2014 Below threshold
2015 Below threshold
Avg.d 976 119.2 97 $1,741,344
d Average includes only years when fishery was opened.

Tenakee Inlet

Year Tenakee Inlet e
Herring
GHL
(tons)
Herring
GHL
for SOK
SOK
Harvest
(tons)
Permit
Holders
Landing
Fishery
Exvessel
Value
1990 e e e e e
1991 e e e e e
1992 e e e e e
1993 e e e e e
1994 e e e e e
1995 e e e e e
1996 e e e e e
1997 e e e e e
1998 e e e e e
1999 e e e e e
2000 e e e e e
2001 e e e e e
2002 e e e e e
2003 528 180 47.6 59 $580,500
2004 399 360 98.7 85 $981,464
2005 476 476 93.7 91 $512,900
2006 - - - - -
2007 - - - - -
2008 - - - - -
2009 875 621 64.1 83 $558,900
2010 583 <100 0 - -
2011 - - - - -
2012 - - - - -
2013 - - - - -
2014 557 300-499 84.4 71 $1,155,275
2015 Below Threshold
Avg.e 570 409 78 78 $757,808
e Tenakee Inlet SOK fishery was established by the BOF in 2003.
d Average includes only years when fishery was opened.

Southeast Alaska

Year SE Region Total SOK
SOK
Harvest
(tons)
Fishery
Exvessel
Value
1990 12 $201,348
1991 13.6 $193,715
1992 48.8 $633,152
1993 20.1 $589,962
1994 50.1 $2,047,595
1995 54.1 $2,175,460
1996 37.6 $1,490,000
1997 86.2 $1,190,306
1998 109.1 $1,152,203
1999 129.8 $1,217,650
2000 36 $587,568
2001 93.1 $1,152,856
2002 178.3 $2,218,700
2003 258.4 $2,932,786
2004 440.2 $3,748,355
2005 393.6 $2,234,191
2006 191.1 $2,241,997
2007 203.9 $5,578,603
2008 386.5 $8,490,751
2009 438.5 $4,280,698
2010 407.1 $3,465,232
2011 263.7 $2,478,958
2012 284.7 $6,155,333
2013    
2014 84.4 $1,155,275
2015 Below Threshold
Avg.d 176 $2,400,529
d Average includes only years when fishery was opened.

Southern Spawn on Kelp

Craig-Klawock
Year Herring GHL (tons) 

Herring GHL for SOK

SOK Harvest (tons) Permit Holders Landing Fishery Exvessel Value
1992 2,684 403 25.7 227 $180,000
1993 1,602 240 5.3 21 $47,882
1994 895 135 16.8 84 $364,199
1995 725 109 25.4 146 $1,000,000
1996 658 100 37.6 154 $1,490,000
1997 715 200 21.9 143 $270,306
1998 755 500 23.5 148 $152,203
1999 750 650 36 103 $212,121
2000 626 280 0 0 0
2001 1,058 914 26.9 51 $146,859
2002 952 852 41.7 89 $218,700
2003 630 528 69.2 118 $423,000
2004 1,754 1,579 49.3 95 $325,000
2005 2,217 1,667 118.2 70 $603,723
2006 1,955 1,266 29 34 $298,575
2007 1,860 1,284 44.5 47 $1,087,532
2008 1,945 1,380 148.5 122 $3,066,788
2009 1,945 1,802 137.3 137 $1,256,777
2010 2,074 1,953 116.7 107 $884,715
2011 1,901 1,084 70 52 $728,147
2012 6,847 6,536 98.2 64 $2,099,002
2013 4,060 3,751 137.7 131 $3,099,002
2014 4,808 *** *** 138 ***
2015 2,263 1,299 *** 133 ***
Avg.f 1,903 1,240 58.2 100.6 $854,978
f Average includes only years when fishery was opened.

Ernest Sound g
Year Herring GHL (tons) 

Herring GHL for SOK

SOK Harvest (tons) Permit Holders Landing Fishery Exvessel Value
1992 g g g g g
1993 g g g g g
1994 g g g g g
1995 g g g g g
1996 g g g g g
1997 g g g g g
1998 g g g g g
1999 g g g g g
2000 g g g g g
2001 g g g g g
2002 g g g g g
2003 g g g g g
2004 875 831 56.1 64 $370,544
2005 - - - - -
2006 - - - - -
2007 - - - - -
2008 1,382 700 9.8 13 $202,395
2009 476 300 2.5 4 $24,423
2010 297 - - - -
2011 613 100–299 0 0 0
2012 272 - - - -
2013 341 100-299 64.6 81 $1,574,307
2014 1,073 700 + c 129 c
2015 - - - - -
Avg.f 666 610 27 49  $434,334
c Confidential data.
f Average includes only years when fishery was opened.
g Ernest Sound SOK fishery was established by the BOF in 2003; fishery first took place in 2004.


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