The port of Sitka, Alaska, has been the home of one of the most important herring derbies on the North Pacific coast for over thirty years. Every year, around April, several hundred fishing boats from all over the coast meet in Sitka and then set sail for 24 to 48 hours of miraculous fishing. However, in 2019, not a single boat left the port. No herring was fished.
The contrast is alarming: if 2009 was a record year with the most successful fishing season in the history of the Sitka derby, in 2018, the fishing quota was not even reached: the fault lies with herring that were too few in number and too small to meet market expectations.
In 2019, the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game had to announce the outright cancellation of the event, but it has been some time since professional fishermen from the Pacific no longer make the trip to Alaska. Climate change, combined with the industrial overfishing of previous decades, is undoubtedly responsible for the drop in observed biomass and, therefore, the scarcity of fish.