The first commercial opening for herring fishing in Goodnews Bay is expected to start Saturday. State biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have begun aerial surveys for the herring fishery.
They flew the Goodnews Bay and Security Cove Districts May 15 and say ice pack covered approximately half of Goodnews Bay. The beach at Security Cove was covered by ice blown onto shore. However, they saw an estimated biomass of 4,000 tons of herring in Goodnews Bay and about 580 tons in the Security Cove District. No spawning was observed.
The state will begin test fishing in Goodnews Bay Friday to determine age composition and roe quality.
The state made a correction to its previous harvest guideline number. The new harvest level for the Kuskowkim area is approximately 9,905 tons, not the 12,000 tons that was previously reported.