|The annual herring spawn begins when the waters turn milky.|
Last year I was captivated with the annual herring spawn. For days the kids and I would drive out of our way searching local beaches for the big event. At the time I had no idea what I was looking for. Half the fun was searching for it. It was my first time witnessing this amazing migration and I learned so much about herring and the event. It occurs every year in the waters along the Pacific Northwest in early to mid March. nt transpires, but will keep it simple for now. The male herring initiates the process by release of milt, (seminal fluid of fish) which has a pheromone that stimulates the female to begin laying eggs. This all takes place near shorelines where kelp and eel grass are plentiful because the eggs require something to stick to.
|Herring roe stuck on kelp along the shore.|
|Who needs a gillnet when you can catch them with your bare hands!|