Pacific herring are an important part of the Tlingit culture. Herring eggs, or roe, has been collected for thousands of years by leaving Hemlock branches to soak during a herring spawning event. After the herring have deposited eggs on the soaking branches, branches are harvested. Eggs are frozen, eaten raw, or poached and eaten with butter, soy sauce, plain or in herring egg salad. The collection of herring eggs typicall occurs at the beginning of April each year.

 

The Sitka Tribe's Herring Committee works hard to ensure the continuation of subsistence egg harvest as well as increasing awareness and education of the importance of herring to the ecosystem and culutre of Sitka.

 

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