Pacific Herring Spawning and Fishery Update Week of January 5, 2015

Dozens of cormorants and pelicans resting during the Richardson Bay spawn.

Dozens of cormorants and pelicans resting during the Richardson Bay spawn.

Spawning Update:
Over the past weekend herring were observed spawning near Coyote Point in the South Bay. The spawn lasted through Monday of this week and extended from Coyote Point Marina along the Burlingame waterfront. Another wave of herring moved into Richardson Bay and spawned throughout the week, primarily in the anchorage area and north toward Strawberry Point. At weeks end herring were still being observed in the deep water off the Sausalito waterfront.

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 the gill net fishery remains inactive as well. Recreational fishing (cast-netting) was reported at Coyote Point during the spawn and some activity was observed in Richardson Bay during the week. Success was mixed for these areas.

Other News:
The Sausalito Herring Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Gabrielson Park.

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