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Twenty years ago, Cordova fisherman John Renner was poised for the spring herring harvest in Prince William Sound. He had a 50-foot seiner packed with nets and fuel, and the galley loaded with deer, moose and other fixings to feed his four-person crew for up to a month.
Each day, he monitored reports from state biologists for word that the herring’s sac roe — a fish-egg delicacy in Japan — had ripened.
“The herring fishery was the pinnacle of seining,” Renner said. “It was the Super Bowl of fishing. The best, most competitive guys.”