Updated Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan is available for public comment

The Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (Herring FMP), updated August 8, 2019, is available for public comment. The Herring FMP is the culmination of over four years of work and represents the recommendations from the Herring FMP Steering Committee, a group of stakeholders consisting of Herring commercial fishing fleet leaders, representatives from non-governmental conservation organizations and Department staff. The Herring FMP has undergone independent, external peer review and has benefited from input from the Commission, Marine Resources Committee, California Native American Tribes, and stakeholders. The Department has prepared an updated Draft California Pacific Herring FMP, which includes “Appendix R. Harvest Control Rule Framework Development and Guidance for Amending the Decision Tree”. Verbal notice regarding the addition of Appendix R to the FMP has been provided to the public at the August 8, 2019 Commission meeting. Interested parties may submit comments* on the Draft California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan:
  • in person at Commission Meetings
  • via e-mail to fgc@fgc.ca.gov
  • via mail to California Fish and Game Commission, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
  • via delivery to California Fish and Game Commission, 1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1320, Sacramento, CA 95814
*The Commission no longer accepts comments via facsimile. Written comments will be accepted by email, mail service or in person.

Point Molate Spawn Report

CDFW staff sampled a herring spawn near Point Molate yesterday.


Eelgrass and herring eggs: CDFW

Weekend reports indicated an increase in bird activity around the area and a check of the eelgrass bed yielded a few herring eggs. Small numbers of birds remained but based on sampling of the subtidal areas, the spawn was relatively small in size. Stay tuned for more updates.


Point Molate: CDFW

Richardson Bay Spawn Report

A new herring spawn was detected in the Richardson Bay anchorage (near Sausalito) on Monday this week. Rafts of birds and a few marine mammals marked the spawn area. A herring school could also be seen on the fathometer during the flood tide inside the Sausalito Channel. The spawn itself had fairly light egg coverage but it did cover the middle anchorage zone. CDFW staff will continue spawn surveys through the end of the season so please check back soon for more updates.


Sausalito Channel herring school: CDFW


Herring eggs on eelgrass: CDFW




Spawn Activity Update

Spawning continued in two locations through the weekend. The Richardson Bay Anchorage had good spawn coverage on the eelgrass and red algae beds. This spawn extended well into the bird sanctuary.


Bird Activity at the Point Richmond Harbor Entrance: CDFW

The Point Richmond spawn was also active through the weekend. Intertidal spawns occurred from the area near Cypress point around to the inner harbor of Point Richmond. Spawning also occurred on the eelgrass beds in this location. Bird activity and cast netting continued throughout the day today as herring moved around the old ferry terminal. Staff will continue to monitor the area to see if any new spawning occurs. Stay tuned for more updates…


Ferry Point Cast Netting for Pacific Herring: CDFW

North Bay Spawning

Department staff detected two new spawning events this week in the North Bay. A spawn started earlier this week inside Richardson Bay in the main anchorage area.

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Herring school on fish finder: CDFW

Herring schools were visible on the high tide yesterday in the main entrance channel. Herring spawning was also noted at Point Richmond Thursday afternoon outside the rock jetty extending to Brooks Island. Both locations had significant bird and marine mammal activity. Staff will continue to monitor and sample these areas until the end of spawning activity.


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Point Richmond spawn activity: CDFW