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West Behm Canal Gillnet Herring Fishery Placed on 12-hour Notice


April 6, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - According to information released by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the West Behm Canal set gillnet herring fishery is being placed on 12-hour notice as of 9:00 am today, April 6th. Active spawn was mapped during an early morning aerial survey in the Vallenar Bay, Bond Bay, and Raymond Cove area. Total miles of spawn are approximately four miles. Gillnet samples were taken this morning to look at roe maturity and roe percentages. The results of the sampling were expected to be known by mid-afternoon.

By placing the fishery on 12-hour notice, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game may at the end of that time period announce an opening with a 2-hour notice.

ADFG will survey the area today and fly the area at 7:00 am Wednesday, April 7th. If a decision is made to fish Wednesday, it will be announced over VHF channel 10. The department will "try" to make an announcement at approximately 8:00 am.

Quoting Tuesday's news release, fishermen are reminded that they must register with the department and must have identification stickers for their gillnet buoys. Stickers will be available at the Ketchikan Fish and Game office through Tuesday or on the Fish and Game vessel on the fishing grounds. If during the course of the fishery a buoy sticker is lost, a replacement sticker must be obtained before fishing is resumed.

Companies buying herring must register with the department prior to fishing.



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Source of News Release:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game
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