Pacific Herring Spawning and Fishing Update Week of January 19, 2015

Harbor Seal with herring spawn on its body. CDFW

Harbor Seal with herring spawn on its body. CDFW

Spawning Update:
Beginning Monday this week a large herring spawn occurred throughout Richardson Bay, including the pier pilings of most marinas. The spawn continued along the Sausalito shoreline and ended outside the Golden Gate just east of Point Diablo. Spawning intensity was greatest at Yellow Bluff and Fort Baker (Golden Gate Recreation Area). As would be expected many species of birds and marine mammals followed the spawning herring through the week. The photo above shows herring egg “trails” deposited on the body of a foraging harbor seal.

Fishery Update:
The gill net fishery opened on January 1, 2015 at 5:00pm with a quota of 2,302 tons. Two commercial fishing vessels made landings this week with a total of 38 tons. Roe counts for these landings ranged from 11-15 percent. Recreational fishing (cast-netting) was observed at several locations including the Sausalito Waterfront and at the Horseshoe Cove Pier (Fort Baker). The Herring Eggs on Kelp fishery opened December 1, 2014 with a quota of 19.7 tons but no permits are active this season.

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.