Monthly Archives: January 2018

Point Richmond Spawn Report

Another spawn was reported over the weekend at Point Richmond.


Herring spawn- CDFW

It was confirmed today on the eelgrass bed primarily outside the jetty east toward Brooks Island. The egg density was heavy on the entire bed. There were no signs of any herring in the vicinity but staff will continue to monitor for any new developments. This spawn is the eighth recorded for the 2017-18 season. We will expect a few more as we move into February and March.


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Pt Richmond Jetty – CDFW


Marin Spawn & Fishery Summary

Through most of the week herring spawned along the Marin county shoreline, extending from Paradise Cay to Belvedere Cove in Tiburon. Egg coverage was very high in the intertidal zone and over eelgrass beds.

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Tiburon Herring Spawn – CDFW



The commercial fishery had a good week of fishing, having caught most of remaining Odd platoon quota, reaching approximately 331 tons. The Department closed this platoon on Tuesday and opened the Even fishery. (Platoons alternate weekly through the season until its respective quota is reached) By weeks end there was approximately 104 tons remaining in the Even fishery for the season. Once that quota is reached the commercial fishery will close for the 2017-18 season. If you would like to learn more about the fishery or quotas please visit our State Managed Commercial Herring Fishery web page.



Paradise Spawn and Fishery Update

A new herring spawn started yesterday morning inside Paradise Cove along the Marin

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Deck Loaded Herring – CDFW

county shoreline. Fish had been building in the area and the spawn began on the ebb tide close to the old piers. The commercial fishery moved in and was able to catch most of the remaining quota on the Odd platoon, landing 176 tons in a very short period. The platoon was closed at 3:00pm local and the Even platoon reopened at 10:00pm last evening. There is approximately 335 tons remaining on the Odd platoon which will bring the season to a close if the remainder is caught this week.

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Herring Vessel Heading to the Fishing Grounds – CDFW

Coyote Point Spawn and Fishery Update

Spawning Report: Yesterday, a spawn was reported at Coyote Point in San Mateo County. Recreational and commercial fisherman caught fish beginning in the late afternoon Wednesday. Most of the egg deposition occurred just North of the marina jetty or along the jetty itself.  As of late this morning most of the activity had subsided. It is

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Coyote Point Spawn -CDFW

possible additional herring could move in on the next tide cycle. Staff will continue to monitor the area over the next few days for any additional spawning.

Commercial Fishery Landings: The fleet landed approximately 35 tons this week on the Even Platoon. The total quota for the season is 750.6 tons bringing the catch to date to approximately 199 tons.

Upcoming Meeting: Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Informational Meeting – January 20, 2018 Sausalito – Bay Model Visitors Center – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Herring FMP Town Hall Meeting Reminder

Town Hall Meeting: California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Overview and Discussion

Saturday, January 20, 2018 – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bay Model Visitors Center – 2100 Bridgeway Boulevard – Sausalito

The Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) invites all 20180108_133459 low2interested members of the public as well as recreational and commercial herring fishermen, to participate in a discussion on the proposed Pacific herring management strategy as part of the California Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP) development process.

Department staff and the FMP Project Management Team will present an overview of the Pacific herring management objectives, as well as the results of analyses that have been conducted. This meeting will also provide interested stakeholders an opportunity to ask questions related to FMP development and provide feedback.

If you have questions please contact Herring Team Project lead, Ryan Bartling at (707) 576-2877 or If you are unable to attend in person but would like to participate via a webinar, please send an email for link and login information.