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NEW TRAIL – Asa Dow wears a mask as he cuts a branch placed at the exit of the new 907 single-track mountain bike trail loop off the Sitka Cross Trail to officially open the trail Monday afternoon. Dow was one of about a dozen volunteers who built the trail, the first of its type in Sitka. The single-lane trail is exclusively for bikers and runs south to north. The Sitka Cycling Club, which organized the construction, will be building a second bicycle trail off the Cross Trail. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

3.9 Miles of Herring Spawn Sighted in Sunday Survey

By Sentinel Staff

The Department of Fish and Game continued measuring miles of herring spawn in Sitka Sound over the weekend.

Although processors have said they don’t plan to participate in a commercial herring sac roe fishery this year, F&G is continuing to collect data that biologists say is important in the ongoing management of the herring stocks.

Some 3.9 nautical miles of spawn was measured in Sunday’s aerial survey, on the Kruzof Island shoreline, said Aaron Dupuis, area management biologist for Fish and Game.

Most of the spawn sighted in Sunday’s aerial survey was from Lava Island to Fred’s Creek, with small areas of spawn near Brent’s Beach on Kruzof Island, and Eastern Bay, on Krestof Island.

“Numerous schools of herring were seen in north Krestof Sound,” Dupuis said.

At press time today, Dupuis said spawn on Kruzof was generally “winding down” while spawn in Eastern Bay was expanding. Dupuis was still calculating the spawn mileage for today at press time.

Most of the herring returning this year (some 83 percent) are expected to be age 4, which is generally considered below marketable size. However, the returning biomass is expected to be one of the largest in the history of the fishery, Fish & Game said. Small fish size and market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have been cited as reasons for the processors’ decision to stand down.

 

 

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-3-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 18

Total statewide – 505

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

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March 23, 2020

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