There have been several small spawn events around the bay over the last week. Starting in the north, there was one at Belvedere Cove and Angel Island. Nearby in Richardson Bay a few eggs were observed on the edge of the channel close to Peninsula Point. It should also be noted that there has been a continuous amount of bird activity in this area. Large rafts of gulls, cormorants, Bufflehead and others can be seen around the point (video).
In the south, there was a spawn at Fisherman’s Park in Burlingame and along the jetty at
Coyote Point Marina. As reported earlier the commercial fleet and recreational fisherman were able to catch a few herring during that event. Commercial herring landings for the Odd Platoon (7 fishing vessels) totaled just over 19 tons. This brought the entire commercial catch total up to 37 tons of the 750 ton quota for the season.
On Thursday and Friday this week a flurry of bird and marine mammal activity was observed around Point Richmond. Herring spawn was found on eelgrass near the jetty and herring appeared to be spawning to the north near Cypress Point. We’ll provide more updates next week once spawn assessment efforts are complete.