The Richmond Yacht Club posted photos Monday showing the deck of a fishing boat covered in herring nearly a month after the start of the season.
Herring season reportedly began early January and runs through mid-March or until the annual Bay Area quota is met.
Three seasons ago, commercial fishing was banned because there were so few herring. A food shortage and warm ocean currents were the reported cause, but now the population appears to have replenished. This season’s quota of 3.737 tons in the Bay Area is a nearly 31-percent increase from last year’s 2.854 tons, according to the Contra Costa Times.