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