At noon today the San Francisco Bay commercial gill net herring fishery closed for the 2015-16 season. The season total was 493 tons landed by approximately 11 vessels. The gill net quota for the season was 750 tons.
Department scientific divers were able to get out last week and finish our annual vegetation dive surveys. These surveys are used in the calculations for spawning biomass estimates the Department produces each year. A final biomass estimate will be available in early April.
The stormy weather has kept us off the bay this week but no new spawns have been detected or reported. We will be back on the water early next week as the weather begins to settle down.