Herring and Anchovy


  • Herring spawn

    Dance of the Herring

    Surprisingly, herring are almost invisible as they spawn. So this year I went looking for the herring.

  • Hering in a net

    Herring Roe Fishery in the Strait of Georgia (2020)

    I spend two days amid the commercial herring roe fishery along the shores of Denman Island, saddened by what I see.

  • Male California sea lion at the surface

    Sea Lion and Anchovy Dance

    Sea lions feeding on schools of anchovy. Here is what is going on underwater.

  • Dead herring

    Herring: Why Kill the Foundation of the Salish Sea?

    As I watch a frenzy of gulls, sea lions and eagles feeding on spawning herring while the herring fleet offloads its catch, I reflect on the ecological role of herring and the folly of the commercial herring fishery.

  • Sea gulls wheeling overhead

    Herring Spawn! Serengeti of the Sea – Hornby Island, BC

    Perhaps the most extraordinary day I have ever spent on the ocean was the day in my kayak in a small herring spawn on the shores of Hornby Island

  • Sea lion chosing fish underwater

    Howe Sound Ballet

    Below a chaos of diving gulls, I discover an underwater ballet of seals, sea lion and anchovy.

  • Bob Turner in a kayak on the ocean

    Anchovy! Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound

    Great schools of anchovy appear in Atlkat7sem-Howe Sound, bringing with them a feeding frenzy of seals, sea lions, and whales.

  • Snorkeler underwater looking for anchovy

    Great schools of anchovy in Howe Sound

    The appearance of anchovy in Átl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound brought along sea lions and humpback whales that hunt them.