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!”
The second opener of the Sitka Herring season was whopper! Just over 5000 tons were harvested from the beach just outside Stargavin Bay. Moments before the opener began, boats started to crowd the beach. Needless to say, there were a few collisions and some tangled nets. The fishery is poised to continue tommorrow!
Every year fishermen gather in Sitka Alaska for one of the most intense fisheries in the world. Millions can be made in minutes. Stay Tuned for more updates and videos from this season’s fishery.
The sun was shining just right that spring in 2012 to bring out the depth of colors in the 100 foot mural, which was designed by Ray Troll and friends. Check the link here for details on all of the artists involved.
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!
We had a massive snowstorm one morning while herring seining in Sitka during the 2007 season. There must have been about 10 inches of snow all over the docks and boats. It was a real mess and it was probably the coldest herring season I have ever seen. I snapped this while on a walk thru Eliason Harbor that same chilly morning. Only 4 months to go…