Gillnet sac roe fishery canceled for 2001 season

Posted: Friday, May 05, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The gillnet sac roe fishery in the Kah Shakes/Cat Island area has been canceled for the 2001 season, according to the Department of Fish and Game.

Spawning biomass once again looks to be below the state-designated threshold of 6,000 spawning tons in the area, said Phil Doherty, state area management biologist for commercial fishing.

The fishery was closed in state waters in the area last season for the same reason.

Doherty said the miles of spawn was up this year from last but the density of eggs was not good. There were about four to five miles of herring spawn at Mountain Point and about 16 to 17 miles of spawn in the West Behm Canal area in April, but he said the egg density in those areas was not high.

''Less fish returned to the greater Ketchikan area than we had forecast, especially in West Behm Canal,'' Doherty said.

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