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« Post / Reply #1830 on: March 08, 2017, 01:50:43 PM »

There is more to come - hopefully I can post the rest of the narrative and photos and videos later today.  I think this annual Spring event has finally woken me out of the winter 'doldrums'!

This annual Herring spawning event is so amazing, and this year it is a particularly large one!  I remember how moving it was the first time I witnessed it,  to see this incredible sight, and to try and get my mind around the fact that zillions of these tiny fish were able to discolour the ocean!  Nature is indeed, amazing.  We can only hope that the commercial herring roe fishery comes to its senses!  Old timers around my neighbourhood talk about the 'old days' when every year was a 'good year'.

On Monday my husband went down to our local beach and was scooping up herring from the seaweed - there were so many stranded there, and he wanted a few for his own consumption.  Imagine how amazed he was when somebody on a nearby (very close to shore) boat told him he couldn't have them - they were theirs!  "We live here" was his response!  "Just watch me ..."



Herring milling around below our waterside deck.

 
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« Post / Reply #1831 on: March 08, 2017, 04:49:51 PM »

Madrona, I haven't had a chance to read all of your account yet, I had a quick skim through and looking at this last post - it's incredible. What a phenomenon. I don't really understad it, does it just happen in your particular area or is it happening up and down the coast and in other places? Thank you for posting all the images and telling us about it all - I will try to catch up soon.  big grin
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« Post / Reply #1832 on: March 08, 2017, 11:40:38 PM »

Continuing with my Herring Spawn story, I'll re-post the map of the area showing where I viewed, and photographed the spawn.



After leaving Columbia Beach on Sunday, mentioned in a previous post, we went on to Qualicum Beach, and although we saw fishing boats passing by and more sea lions and gulls than usual, there was not a lot of spawn showing up, but if we craned our necks to the right we could see where the spawn 'strip' was.

We decided to head back to French Creek and see if it was busier than the previous day.  I couldn't resist taking a photo of these crates stacked up by the processing plant:


Crates waiting at French Creek, Mar 5, 2017

We could see that things were going full swing by the plant, with boats being unloaded, and fish coming off the conveyor belt:


Unloading fish at French Creek.

There were more people here this day, taking in the spectacle, and some were fishing/jigging for herring.



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« Post / Reply #1833 on: March 08, 2017, 11:50:05 PM »

This is great to see... thank you so much for this post... I find it very interesting. Hoping it reaches Hornby soon.
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« Post / Reply #1834 on: March 09, 2017, 10:54:52 AM »

This past week, on Monday March 6, the herring spawning area was virtually on my doorstep.  I heard lots of birds, some eagles, and sea lions close by.  Athough it wasn't very sunny I could see that the water I overlook was discoloured with that lovely, telltale turquoise colour.  On going down to our little deck over the water I was amazed to see in the water huge, seemingly endless streams of herring passing by beneath, swirling around and glistening.



<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9PQ5zo3HME" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9PQ5zo3HME</a>

A quick check of the bay on the other side of our little peninsula showed discolouration there too, and herring boats arriving.







This video pans the bay, and towards the end you can see Lasqueti Island (with Texada behind) - at the very end, Hornby can be seen as a distant speck on the horizon just to the right of the Point that comes into view!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MCYW0Af0Bg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MCYW0Af0Bg</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79y7rq-7aBc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79y7rq-7aBc</a>
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« Post / Reply #1835 on: March 09, 2017, 11:43:00 AM »



A herring boat passes Madrona Point, between Northwest Bay and Craig Bay.  Hornby can be seen as a speck in the distance.



Herring boat passes Madrona Point, view towards Vancouver Island's Mount Arrowsmith.

These videos show the herring being hauled into a fishing boat in Northwest Bay.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzoFoJIIk_4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzoFoJIIk_4</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XioUhZ1RKoI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XioUhZ1RKoI</a>
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« Post / Reply #1836 on: March 10, 2017, 02:48:10 AM »

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth 10,000!  binoculars  Thank you so much for giving us this very clear picture of the entire event Madrona. Thank you I understand that fishers need to feed their families too but I cant help resenting them for their greed and disregard for the impact of their behaviours.  gaah lumphammer
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« Post / Reply #1837 on: April 24, 2017, 06:43:13 AM »

The hubby and I recently returned from another amazing adventure - this time to the Upper Amazon.   Amazing doesn't even start to describe this trip.  Out of 6000 photos, here is a slide show of those he felt were the best.


http://s1173.photobucket.com/user/IFBikephoto/slideshow/Upper%20Amazon%202017
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« Post / Reply #1838 on: April 24, 2017, 07:13:33 AM »

 eek! Fantastic captures, love the subjects and composition
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« Post / Reply #1839 on: April 24, 2017, 07:55:54 AM »

Wow!  These are gorgeous.
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« Post / Reply #1840 on: April 24, 2017, 12:39:43 PM »

Wonderful photos Paint! thanks for sharing!
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« Post / Reply #1841 on: April 24, 2017, 02:49:33 PM »

Paint,  I cannot access the photos at that link -  I get this message:

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« Post / Reply #1842 on: April 24, 2017, 04:09:44 PM »

Very cool Paint  thumbup Thanks and so glad they are pictures, LOL
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« Post / Reply #1843 on: April 24, 2017, 07:58:34 PM »

Thanks Paint.... photos are fantastic!!!! Look like it was an interesting trip!
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« Post / Reply #1844 on: April 25, 2017, 12:11:50 AM »

What a wonderful variety of wildlife you saw, Paint!  The photos are great.
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