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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the Togiak herring forecast for next year and its down slightly compared to this year’s forecast. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

The one-boat-at-a-time bait herring fishery around Kodiak Island opened today (Friday) at 10 a.m. The guideline harvest level in the two open districts is 99 tons for the South Afognak District and 180 tons in the Uganik District. The districts will remain open until further notice and be closed by emergency order by Fish and Game or when they reach their respective GHL. In an announcement today, Fish and Game says the Eastside District could open if there is interest in harvesting its 175 ton GHL.

One of the Aleutians’ smallest fisheries, the Dutch Harbor Food and Bait Herring Fishery, opened on Monday. Three seiners are participating this year -- one each for Trident, Westward, and Peter Pan. Locals may have noticed the boats’ spotter plane flying in and out of port, but those hoping to catch a glimpse of the harvest are likely going to be disappointed.

The price associated with Alaska’s largest herring fishery is apparently still in doubt. Earlier this week seafoodnews.com posted a story about the price negotiations for the herring harvested in the Togiak sac-roe herring fishery. Editor John Sackton reported that the price negotiations between the processors and the Japanese buyer are underway but both sides are apparently far apart on what they are offering.

The Togiak herring harvest closed yesterday with a record setting season. Total landings, from the ADF&G, are expected to reach about 28,400 tons. Overall, 56,000 tons of herring were harvested along the coast from San Francisco to Togiak, which is about 20% more than the total in 2012. Prices have yet to be settled.

The cumulative Togiak sac roe herring purse seine harvest has reached 20,256 tons, representing 96.3 percent of the quota and the fishery has been closed for the remainder of the 2013 season, state fisheries officials said May 21.

A hot herring season has instead cooled, leading to slow fishing across the Kodiak archipelago. As of Monday afternoon, only about 4,000 tons of herring had been harvested from a quota of 5,410 tons. While 40 boats were registered for the fishery before its April 15 opening, only about 10 remain. The rest have gone west to the Togiak herring fishery, Alaska's largest.

Commercial fishermen in the Togiak Sac Roe Herring Fishery are off to a good start with nearly 5-thousand tons of herring harvested during the first 2 days of fishing. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.

Alaska's largest herring fishery is underway. ADF&G opened the fishery at noon Saturday. KDLG's Mike Mason has the details.

The Department of Fish and Game measured more miles of herring spawn this year than last year, and close to the 10-year average for Sitka Sound. Miles of spawn is one of the figures that goes into calculations for the spawning biomass, along with width of spawn and egg deposition surveys, Fish and Game said.