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March 14, 2004


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A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance
By June Allen
Photo: Alaskan purse seiner lifting a catch of herring to the deck - 1975
Fisheries Collection; Photographer: J. M. Olson; Courtesy National Oceanic & Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library



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In general, not many people are interested in herring. It's not exactly a glamour fish. You won't see a snapshot of a grinning fishermen posing for the camera while holding up a trophy eight-inch goggle-eyed herring by the tail. And when was the last time you had baked, fried, roasted, grilled or pickled herring? The only time most people come in contact with herring is when they skewer a chunk of it onto a hook for bait when salmon fishing.

But that small, now-disregarded fish has always been of great importance to the world! Way back in Europe's Middle Ages, fishing rights to the oil-rich Atlantic herring created wars, as OPEC oil does today. Herring continued to be essential for centuries longer. Herring were the primary source for oil back in the days before the era of whaling and the petroleum discoveries of the late 19th century.

The herring is one of the most important and significant fish species in the world's oceans! Herring have always been the staple food of all the varieties of marine life. Herring are the preferred dinner plate not only for salmon, halibut, cod, red snapper, rock fish and all sorts of spiny sea creatures, but is a staple for all kinds of seabirds as well as for marine mammals such as seals, otters, and sea lions. Even whales relish the oily little fish. Herring travel in massive and densely packed schools that make succulent and nourishing dining when scooped up by the great jaws of those behemoths of the oceans. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Sunday - March 14, 2004 - 12:40 am

Ketchikan: Ketchikan claims first title in 15 years ; Juneau boys have no answer for Kings' dominating inside game - The pro-Ketchikan crowd - delirious with joy - cheered for every score by the Kayhi boys, delighted in every Juneau misstep and stormed the court at the final buzzer. - Read this story...
Juneau Empire - linked Sunday - March 14, 2004

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