A third of Sitka herring quota taken thus far

Sitka Sound seiners scooped up another 5,610 tons of roe-rich herring in yesterday's opener, the second of the season, the state Department of Fish and Game reports.

That brings the year's total an estimated 10,340 tons, or more than a third of the 28,829-ton quota.

"The plan is to stand down on further fishing until Thursday to allow for processing and tendering capacity to become available for the next harvesting opportunity," the department said this morning.