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Pacific Herring FMP Peer Review Webinar – October 9, 2018

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is currently developing a Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan. California Ocean Science Trust, with support from the Ocean Protection Council, and at the request of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission, coordinated an external, independent peer review of the scientific and technical merits of the proposed management strategy within the Fishery Management Plan.

The reviewers have completed their review and are pleased to announce the release of the final peer review report,  Scientific review of the draft Fishery Management
Plan for Pacific herring (
Clupea pallasii).


Members of the Pacific Herring community and interested parties are invited to attend a webinar on Tuesday October 9, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT. During the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to learn about the peer review panel’s recommendations as outlined in the final report and ask questions about the peer review process.

Public Webinar with the Pacific Herring Peer Review Panel

 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 1:00 – 2:00 pm PDT

Webinar link:

To join by phone: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 350 374 691

Additional information and details about the peer review can be found on the Herring Fishery Management Plan Peer Review Webpage.


Pacific Herring Fishery Management Plan Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting for the Environmental Document

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and Fish and Game Commission (Commission) are preparing a Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii). CDFW, assisting the Commission under its certified regulatory program, has prepared an Initial Study, detailed project description, and a preliminary analysis of the environmental impacts pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

CDFW is inviting interested members of the public to attend a scoping meeting on August 25, 2018 at the Bay Model Visitor’s Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting is being held to solicit comments on the environmental impacts of the proposed project and answer questions related to FMP development.

The public comment period for this project is from August 17, 2018 through September 21, 2018. Comments may also be provided by email to Ryan Bartling at or by letter to the following address:

Attn: Ryan Bartling
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
5355 Skylane Blvd, Suite B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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2017-18 Herring Season Summary Available

The 2017-18 Summary of the Pacific Herring Spawning Population and Commercial Fisheries in San Francisco Bay is now available on the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s State-Managed California Commercial Pacific Herring Fishery website.

2017-18 SeasonSum

Synopsis: The 2017-18 Pacific Herring season in San Francisco Bay ended with a below average spawning biomass estimate of 15,300 tons. The historical average equals 48,500 tons (1979-present), and this was the fourth year in a row of below average herring returns. The San Francisco Bay commercial Pacific Herring fishery continued during the 2017-18 season at a low level of effort relative to historic fishery participation.  The low biomass estimate recorded during the 2017-18 season likely reflects continued population-level impacts sustained during multiple consecutive years of anomalously high sea-surface temperatures, depressed productivity, and low freshwater outflow in the central California Current Ecosystem. Despite the relatively low spawning biomass observed, the Department considers precautionary target harvest rates as the primary means of assuring a sustainable fishery even in years of unfavorable ecological conditions. Through the Fish and Game Commission, and with the help of the fishing industry, the conservation community and the Director’s Herring Advisory Committee, the Department will continue to manage the Pacific Herring fishery with the primary goal of ensuring fishery sustainability.

Richardson Bay Activity

Earlier this week a spawn was sampled inside Richardson Bay. The area was spread across the anchorage from Schoonmaker Point to the eastern side of the bay. A small group of birds and marine mammals were first noticed last weekend. This event brings the total number of spawns for the season to 14. Our spawn surveys will continue through the remainder of the month but activity does seem to be drawing to a close for the season. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Richardson Bay looking toward Mt Tamalpais – CDFW

Point Richmond Trickle

Earlier this week herring spawn was found in the area between the Long Wharf and the old ferry terminal at Point Richmond. A trickle of herring moved into the eelgrass zone and deposited a few eggs, resulting in very patchy light coverage. This spawn will likely only be considered a trace event. As of yesterday there were however a significant amount of birds moving through the area which could indicate more herring to come. See a short clip of the action here: Bird Activity Point Richmond

The commercial gill net fishery officially closes next Thursday March 15th at 12:00 pm. The fleet and roe herring buyers have however already ended their season, with total landings of 611 tons on the 751 ton quota. A final season summary will be available this summer and a link will be posted on our blog when it becomes available.

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Point Richmond – CDFW