Herring spawn update

A cloud of gulls was visible from City Hall this morning wheeling around the east end of False Creek, all feasting, no doubt, on last week’s surprise herring spawn.

Patrick Walshe, of the Green Shores program, writes that John Harper, of the firm’s technical team, happened on the spawn while testing the Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System. Green Shores promotes the sustainable use of coastal ecosystems, and they must be on to something. I’ve lived about a kilometre west of the spawn on the south central shore of False Creek, for more than 20 years and I know there’s never been a herring spawn in that time.

Today in the Vancouver Sun, this cautionary letter from David Ellis contrasting the overall decline in herring stocks with Vancouver’s spot of good news.