Many Alaskan’s know spring has arrived, not by a mark on the calendar but, by the Sitka sac roe herring fishery opening anew. March 25th the Southeast seine fishery kicked off and I’ve been checking out the fleet’s exploits on the Sitka Sac Row Herring Fishery Facebook page, scrolling through loads of great photos and video clips where blue skies and corks make me long for summer.
Easter Sunday is this weekend and in celebration of the Christian holiday and the onset of real Alaskan spring – I present to you Smoked Herring Deviled Eggs! I have loved Deckhand’s Daughter Smoked Herring since trying it a few years ago, bragging about it making the very best nicçoise sandwich, & trust me – these eggs are no less brag worthy. I always have a canned stash on hand, buying it by the case from it’s creator Warner Lew come springtime when he arrives in Dillingham to manage the Bristol Bay Icicle drift fleet.
Bristol Bay’s own herring fishery, the origin of Deckhand’s Daughter herring, takes place after Sitka’s, due largely to our much cooler ocean sea surface temperatures and ice influencing herring stocks migration patterns, Bristol Bay’s real warming and signs of new growth occur often in April and May. The fisheries immanency marked by the return of shore birds, grey whales, and herring amassing to spawn in kelp beds on shores off Togiak and Kulukuk Bays. Continue reading