The epic herring spawn on the Bay this weekend was hard to miss. Sea lions, birds and even ladybugs were out in force to feed on the herring and their highly sought after eggs. The fishing season is now closed, as the quotas were filled early. This will allow even more time for the herring to regain a healthy footing in the Bay. It’s a living sign of hope that even with an oil spill such as the Costco Busan, an ecosystem can rebound if protected and given a chance. Whether or not recovery is possible with mega-gushers such as the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, remains to be seen. We can only hope that this epic spawning event in San Francisco is not an anomaly and that is the beginning of the rebounding of a healthy herring population here in the Bay.
Video by Deb Castellana