Pacific Herring Spawning and Fishery Update Week of December 29, 2014

Spawning Update:
Beginning early in the week herring were observed spawning near Mission Bay on the San Francisco waterfront. Herring continued to spawn until a wind storm dispersed the school back to deeper water. The spawn however turned out to be a large event and extended from the South near Potrero Point and North to areas around the Bay Bridge. At weeks end a large herring school was observed in the North Bay off the Marin county shoreline. It is likely that the next spawning event will take place in the vicinity.

Mission Bay Spawn: Industrial San Francisco image, loading cranes and dilapidated piers.

Mission Bay Spawn: Herring don’t mind the areas gritty character.

Fishery Update:
The Herring Eggs on Kelp fishery opened December 1, 2014 with a quota of 19.7 tons but no permits are currently active. The gill net fishery opened on January 1, 2015 at 5:00pm with a quota of 2,302 tons. To date no landings have been made. Recreational fishing (cast-netting) was observed at several locations around the spawn site on the San Francisco waterfront. The best fishing areas appeared to be Mission Bay and McCovey Cove.