2018-2019 San Francisco Bay Herring Season is Here

Today, California Department of Fish and Wildlife staff encountered the first recorded Pacific Herring spawn of the 2018-19 season.

During routine spawn patrol this morning, bird activity was noted near Ballena Bay on the south side of Alameda Island. The sparse subtidal vegetation in the area yielded a few eggs that were very recently spawned. Staff will continue to monitor and sample the area over the next couple of days to see if any additional spawning occurs. More season updates will be forthcoming, please check back soon.

post by Ryan Bartling, CDFW Environmental Scientist