The herring spawn has happened, and although we weren’t successful in bringing a pause to the fishery this year, the story of herring goes on. Hundreds of species in our coastal ecosystem rely on herring as the bedrock of their survival, but we’re using this incredible resource for some truly absurd things. The true value of herring cannot be realized as dog food and fish farm feed- these fish are worth more when they’re left in the water. The same fishing quota system has been in place for all five fisheries on our coast, and today only one is left open to commercial fishing, it only makes sense to take a precautionary approach with our last viable herring fishery, and not let it get to the point of collapse. Fishing is an important part of our economy, but we can’t continue to take these fish for granted, it will only hurt us in the end.
Directed by Cam MacArthur
Produced by the Sitka Society for Conservation
Edited by Cam MacArthur
Filmed by Cam MacArthur, Ian McAllister, Tavish Campbell, Kali Wexler
Music by Oliver Thiessen, J Roes