Herring were caught in the North Bay this week off Sausalito and Racoon Straight by the CDFW research trawl. Most of the herring were ripe – spawning condition. Bird and marine mammals were active throughout the area so a spawn is likely to occur in the vicinity. As of Friday no new spawn had been detected but staff will continue to monitor for any new events.
The Department was notified at weeks end that the commercial herring buyers would be ending buying operations for the season. Effectively closing the season prior to the March 15th season end date in commercial herring regulations. The total landings for the 2017 season was 37.2 tons, with the Even Platoon landing 17.9 and the Odd Platoon 19.3 tons. The herring eggs on kelp fishery was inactive this year.
Stay tuned for more updates as we close in on the final weeks of the San Francisco Bay herring season. The Department will also be holding public meetings related to the development of the Herring Fishery Management Plan this spring so look for those announcements as dates are made available.