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Overview of Bering Sea Herring Migration, Stock Status, and Commercial Fisheries
This compilation of reports was prepared as a source of information to be used by the Alaska Board of Fisheries during their October 1991 review of proposed modifications to the management of Bering Sea herring fisheries. This report is a synthesis and summary of detailed information that is available in other publications of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and from other sources. This report is divided into two sections. The first section summarizes the currently available information on stock identification and migration patterns of herring in the Bering Sea. The information in this section was first presented to the Board of Fisheries during their March 1991 discussions of the management of the Dutch Hh food and bait herring fishery. An appendix to this first section contains an updated figure which estimates the potential impact of the 1992 Dutch Harbor food and bait fishery on the Nelson Island herring stock. The second section of this report provides a current summary of Bering Sea herring stock status, commercial fisheries, and trawl bycatch impacts.