We’re getting reports of phenomenal catches Wednesday in the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.
State management biologists opened the fishery for only half an hour in the early afternoon, but that was enough for about 10 boats working very shallow water along Kruzof Island to score astounding catches.
One boat netted more than 1,000 tons of the silvery little fish, said Dave Gordon of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“Somebody just made a half-million bucks,” Gordon said.
Sure enough, at the going rate of $550 per ton, that’s $550,000 for half an hour of fishing!
Several other boats netted catches over 500 tons, Gordon said.
The nets were so swollen with herring that fishermen and processors are still pumping them out today, he said.
The previous record for a Sitka herring catch was under 500 tons.
Gordon said he wasn’t at liberty to name any of the lucky fishermen or boats involved.
Sitka is known for its frenzied, combative and often lucrative fishing.
But this day will truly go down as a blockbuster in Alaska commercial fishing lore.