Alaska Marine Lines prepared for heavy herring shipments this season
Sun, May 26, 2013
Herring season has arrived in Southeast Alaska. Each year, fishermen eagerly await the opening of the Sitka Sound Herring season. The fish is a valued commodity in Japan and where most of the product is shipped in foreign export containers. Alaska Marine Lines positions the necessary equipment northbound to support this market every year. “This year’s forecast was 11,500 tons and most likely will be caught in four openings, processed at plants in Southeast Alaska (Sitka, Petersburg and Wrangell) and sent south on the Alaska Marine Lines barge back to Seattle and markets beyond,” explains Patrick Crosby, Alaska Marine Lines Account Representative in Seattle. This photo is from opening day of the Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery.