Sitka Herring Social Media Metrics 2014 | Infographic


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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!”

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CDFW Trucks Salmon Smolts to the Golden Gate to Help them Avoid Predators


Originally posted on CDFW News:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) biologists and the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee are continuing an experimental project to help California’s ocean-bound juvenile salmon, in hopes of increasing survival rates. On April 8, for the third year, CDFW staff will fill a boat with approximately 100,000 young Chinook (called smolts) and move it down the Sacramento River to San Francisco Bay. Upon arrival, the smolts will be released in the Bay, where they will swim into the sea and grow to adulthood before returning upriver to spawn.

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The experimental project is being conducted by CDFW fisheries biologists with the support of the Commercial Salmon Trollers Advisory Committee, which donated the use of the boat, fuel and crew time to help ensure a successful start to the study. They have committed to helping CDFW continue data collection. The fishing vessel Merva W will receive 100,000 smolts into its hold…

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Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Island Pride | Sitka Herring 2014


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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!

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Commercial Fishing Photo Of The Day | F/V Optimus | Sitka Herring 2014


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The Sitka Sac Roe Herring officially started yesterday at 1:45.  Numerous boats tested their nets one last time in the early morning, before the fishery got underway.  Fishermen are extremely determined to harvest the entire quota after last season’s lackluster harvest.  The fish seem to be spawning fast and early, it should be interesting to see how the harvest develops this season.  Price is pretty much at its lowest ever, fishermen are receiving 150 up front and will hope for a better price as the fish goes to market.

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