An aerial survey was conducted Monday of Lynn Canal, Tenakee Inlet, and Seymour Canal by state biologists looking for herring. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game say survey conditions were good with calm to light winds under a high overcast sky.
In a press release, ADF&G says they found that predator activity was light in all three areas.
In Lynn Canal, approximately 85 sea lions and three whales were observed scattered in small groups. No herring or herring spawn was observed. The most active group of sea lions was in the vicinity of Slate Cove and could indicate the presence of eulachon staging for spawning.
In Tenakee Inlet, approximately 75 sea lions and five whales were observed scattered singly or in small groups. No herring or herring spawn was observed.
In Seymour Canal, 49 sea lions and one whale were observed, widely scattered in small groups. No herring or herring spawn was observed.
The next survey of the Juneau area is planned for this Friday, April 18.