Amazing Annual Herring Spawning off Vancouver Island

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Post March 11th, 2017, 8:55 am

Thanks Van for posting. Enjoyed it so much.
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Post March 11th, 2017, 1:52 pm

Stupendous reportage, Van :good:

Pity about the seine and the boats though; must be traumatic for the fish.
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Post March 12th, 2017, 7:57 am

joiibear wrote:
March 11th, 2017, 1:52 pm

Pity about the seine and the boats though; must be traumatic for the fish.

The photos below were taken in March 2013 when I was amazed to see that there were at least 20 seiners at Qualicum Beach, pulling in their nets. As far as the eye could see there were these large seine boats. Below is a video of the scene (view the video full screen and in high definition, and it will be almost like being there!)



Here are some still photos:

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I am reminded of what a dangerous operation this can be - HERE is a link to an account of an accident that happened with a seiner this past week during our big herring spawn "The boat sank in 250 meters of water with 30 tons of herring on board", when the seine opening started. It is especially sad that a life was lost this way! :(



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Post March 12th, 2017, 8:25 am

Van, a special thank you from my husband who thoroughly enjoyed your accounts. He has a doctorate in fisheries from Auburn, so this was right up his alley. The new format showed the pictures much better. :rose:
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Post March 12th, 2017, 8:32 am

Great pictures, Van. Wonderful :) :rose: :) .
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Post March 18th, 2017, 7:32 am

The herring spawn area and fishing is still ongoing - it is "up-island" a bit, around Hornby Island now. Thank goodness for that - it will be providing lots of food for the eagles.

... And the sea lions! They are becoming so numerous that they compete with the fishermen for the herring. Take a look at these articles and videos that were in our local Vancouver newspaper and on our local tv channel (hopefully available to anyone who visits here in next few days):

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news ... nd-rewards

http://globalnews.ca/news/3314792/watch ... ng-frenzy/

On the Hornby Eagle Nest and Territory camera http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hornbyeaglecam ( or website with link to chat http://www.hornbyeagles.com/webcam.htm ) the herring spawn area and fishing boats have been visible for the past couple of days. However, with the current dull weather we can't see the brilliant turquoise.
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Post March 18th, 2017, 11:49 am

Thanks, Van.
The Sea Lions video is amazing!
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Post March 18th, 2017, 1:39 pm

'They used to try to shoot them with machine guns in the early sixties' OMG