Another small school of herring has been spawning in Richardson Bay for the last few days. All the activity is concentrated in the anchorage close to Strawberry Point. Staff have been monitoring the area and sampling the subtidal eelgrass. Rafts of birds and groups of Harbor seals have been working the area but overall it is a small event with very little egg deposition. This spawn will be recorded as number 12 for the season. Staff will continue to monitor into the month of March but activity and spawn intensity appears to be slowing down.
The video is now available from the public meeting that was held to discuss Fishery Management Plan Development for the Pacific herring fishery. The meeting was held on January 20, 2018 in Sausalito at the Bay Model Visitors Center. It can be found here:
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This week staff documented an ongoing spawn in Richardson Bay. Based on our observations small schools of herring have been moving into the shallow areas and
spawning on the eelgrass and other subtidal algae in the anchorage. At weeks end the egg deposition was overall light compared to some of our more recent events. There were a small number of birds and marine mammals working the area as well. Staff will continue to monitor for additional spawning activity. This event brings the total number of spawning events to 11 for the season.
A spawn was reported over the weekend in the area of Point San Pablo.
Based on preliminary spawn surveys the area extends from the base of the Richmond Bridge at Point Molate to the area across from the Brothers Light Station. The spawn is mostly on eelgrass (Zostera marina) with some patches on rockweed (Fucus sp.) along the coves. Several species of birds were foraging in the area during the low tide yesterday.
Staff will continue to monitor as it appears that Richmond and the surrounding area has become popular with the herring this season. Five of the ten spawns we have recorded this year have been in the immediate vicinity.
There was more herring spawning activity around Point Richmond late this week. A small school has been spawning off Cypress Point and close to Keller Beach for the last couple of days. Herring eggs were sampled on subtidal areas and the spawn appears to be ongoing as of this morning. Castnetters have been reported in the area, though fishing looked to be slow as of today. There was also some bird and marine mammal activity nearby at Castro Rocks, which staff will continue to monitor.
The commercial fleet made no landings this week but still expects to have an opportunity to catch the remaining 104 tons of quota remaining in the Even platoon fishery.