Herring Run Cruise, Pt Richmond and Richardson Bay, Jan 26

Herring Run Cruise, Pt Richmond and Richardson Bay, Jan 26

45.00

Major herring spawning events of the year are taking place in January and February in Richardson Bay (Marin County) and Ferry Point (Richmond), two key herring spawning hotspots in San Francisco Bay. Thousands of birds including Pacific Brown Pelicans, Surf Scoters, scaup, Bufflheads, grebes, loon and cormorants are pursuing the energy-rich fish and roe (eggs), creating a glorious wildlife spectacle.

Join Tideline for a 90 minute cruise around Richardson Bay and Pt Richmond.

Departing Berkeley Marina 11:45am and returning to Berkeley Marina at 1:15pm

Departing Tiburon at Sam’s at 2:00pm and returning to Sam’s at 3:30pm

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The first major herring spawning events of the year are taking place right now in Richardson Bay Bay (Marin County) and Ferry Point (Richmond), two key herring spawning hotspots in San Francisco Bay. Herring have also been spawning in Tomales Bay, just to the north. Thousands of birds including Pacific Brown Pelicans, Surf Scoters, scaup, Bufflheads, grebes, loon and cormorants are pursuing the energy-rich fish and roe (eggs), creating a glorious wildlife spectacle.

But these spawning aggregations are special and rare—they occur in only a few places on the West Coast where the right mix of conditions and spawning substrates are available.

This bay supports the third most important herring spawning area in California, and is a winter home to hundreds of thousands of waterbirds and shorebirds.