Point Richmond Trickle – Herring Spawn Report, San Francisco Bay

Pt Richmond
Point Richmond
CDFW photo

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 and light egg coverage. This spawn will likely only be considered a trace event. As of yesterday there was, however, a significant amount of birds moving through the area which could indicate more herring to come.

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


post by Ryan Bartling, CDFW Environmental Scientist