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
Pacific herring – CDFW
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.
Brothers Light Station – CDFW
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.
Spawn at Pt Molate – CDFW
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.
Castro Rocks – CDFW
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.
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.
Pt Richmond Jetty – CDFW
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.
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.