By Ernie Koepf
February 14, 2011
We just had our best season ever in San Francisco and that came on the heels of a a large biomass in the previous year. Why? In California, the amount of fresh water from rain and then the water released by the Sierra snowpack in the summer sets up a cycle that nurtures the juveniles and decreases thier mortality. Also,the lower 48 West Coast is experiencing a resurgence of phytoplankton and zooplankton (NMFS annual trawl survey) which establishes a solid base to the food web in the ocean, upon which herring and all other swimming creatures flourish. Again, decreased natural mortality equals a large spawning biomass.
Baseless environmental cautions? I deal with them on a regular basis in California - you take the good intentions with the bad. Anti-fishing is a cottage industry down here and it is funded by foundations specifically granting monies to NGO's who wish to do this type of work. They need to educate themselves, the script is often written in advance and they are merely actors seeking an audience.
About: "I am a commercial herring fishermen from San Francisco Ca for the past 37 seasons. I am formerly chairmen of the Herring Advisory Committee to the DFG and Pres of the Ca Herring Fishermen's Association. In addition, I was the class rep in the class action against the Cosco Busan (oil spill in 2007)."
Received February 14, 2011 - Published February 14, 2011
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