Every spring, herring fishermen along the coasts of Washington and Alaska gather in Sitka Alaska for one of the largest aquatic migrations on the earth. Herring gather in droves in the rocky shoals of Sitka sound. This return of forage fish brings humpback whales and stellar sea lions to a natural buffet where nature’s bounty overflows. The entire spectacle is easily one on nature’s greatest events. Add in, one of the most competitive fisheries in the world and you have a recipe for chaos . Fishermen battle for small chunks of water and dance between numerous nets, which are deployed in seconds as fishermen maneuver vessels within inches of each other. It’s truly a site to see.
This year, social media played a huge part, as citizen journalist took to the pages of www.facebook.com/SitkaHerring/ with many posts of videos, photos and links. The following images are links to the most popular posts from the past month on the Facebook Sitka Herring page.
Visual.ly offers a sweet way to view your Facebook Insights in one handy infographic. The stats aren’t as amazing as last year, but there were way more posts and nearly 1000 new users. I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone that uploaded photos and stories this season. It’s great to see so many different perspectives of this action packed fishery. Also, an extra huge kudos goes to the admin team who helps make Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery awesome! Also, we will also be showcasing some of the best videos from past and present herring madness on our sister site, fishfilmfest.com. Stay Tuned for the “Sitka Herring | Haul Of Fame!”
Wow! Rollin’, Rollin! These guys are killin it with the big bags of salmon. I’m guessing that some of these shots are from Amalga Harbor or Kingsmill. Man, it was some big fishin last year! How are we ever going to go back to “the grind” after a summer like that?
Here's a quick of the harbor in Seattle just before the season salmon season was over ! I roamed the terminal and snapped pics at nearly 4:00 in the morn. Long night, but still felt creative enough to take photos. I love how the Sony NEX just drinks up the night shots without a tripod! It's truly the best feature of the the already amazing camera!
This shot lined up nicely last year during one of the sunny openers! I can't wait for this year! I think it's going to be a huge year for the fishermen after a fairly dismal showing last season. The San Fran herring run is just now coming into the west coast. Early reports indicate a more than favorable catches. Come on, Herring!
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