DILLINGHAM - State fisheries officials are predicting that fewer herring will return to the Togiak area this year compared to 1999.
The Department of Fish and Game officials are forecasting about a return of 131,000 tons, about 25,000 tons less than last year.
With a 20 percent maximum harvest, and after fish are allocated to other fisheries, that leaves 23,000 tons that Bristol Bay commercial fishermen will be allowed to harvest, according to Fish and Game.
Biologists are also expecting the average herring to weigh less than last year. They predict the typical fish will weigh about 11.7 ounces, down nearly an ounce from 1999.