Watch the ocean water turn milky and frothy with milt from the males and get a fishes eye view of seaweed coated in tiny white eggs, like tapioca. Why am I excited? Well it's the first time I've seen herring spawning here in the 9 years we've lived near Palm Beach and it may even be the first time in 3 decades! Local spawnings all over the Strait of Georgia (Salish Sea) were wiped out by overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction. Here near Powell River the issue wasn't habitat destruction since eel grass, rockweed and other seaweeds have been here, it was a massive industrial commercial fishery which wiped out these local stocks, from what the 'old-timers' tell me. For short term, big bucks for a few people the herring were wiped out for 30 years. Salmon, sea lions, whales, eagles and others had a major food source destroyed in a few short years.
Herring are one of the most important 'forage fish' which feed salmon, lingcod, humpback whales, sea lions and seals, ducks, loons etc. Even Orca benefit since they feed on salmon which feed on herring. More herring means more fish, sea lions and whales!!!!
Now I've documented herring and sand lance, another very crucial 'forage fish', spawning at Palm Beach. And eggs of winter smelt have also been found. Vive la Palm Beach!!!
Salish Sea, Malaspina Strait, Sunsine Coast, British Columbia Canada!!
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