As a boy, I jigged herring for home use and for bait use on a city float in Ketchikan. As a teen, I worked on a seine boat at night for herring to sell for bait in the Ketchikan area, including Kashaks Cove, Carrol and George Inlet, Ward Cove, Tongass Narrows and Pond Reef.
In 1964, I harvested herring in Auke Bay for subsistence and salmon bait. In 1965, I took part in the herring roe on kelp at Egg Island out of Craig.
Those fisheries are now mostly defunct and the Sitka herring fishery is going down and will probably be next.
I think that the National Marine Fisheries Service has goofed in refusing to list the herring in Lynn Canal as an endangered species.
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