April 19, 2004
In response to today's announcement by the ADF&G, the Ketchikan Area Herring Action Group released a statement. Speaking for the Action Group, Andy Rauwolf stated, "First and foremost, this fishery would probably have taken place right after ADF&G documented the first spawn if it wasn't for the response from the local citizens who sent letters and expressed their protest for this sac roe fishery." Rauwolf stated, "It should never have been scheduled in the first place." The West Behm Canal area is highly controversial since ADF&G wiped out these stocks over 25 years ago and it continues to fluctuate in abundance due to predation and ADF&G's own cost recovery program which gillnets from 40 to 100 tons of the largest fish annually from this area, stated spokesman Rauwolf.
ADF&G said they will be conducting spawn deposition dive surveys over the next several days to determine the amount of mature herring spawning in the West Behm Canal area.