It’s unbelievable that a year has passed and our herring field crew is once again assembling to head back to Bella Bella. Despite the flurry of packing and last minute arrangements, there is an underlying level of excitement buzzing throughout the team. Even Vancouver is telling us it’s time to go, with days that go from sunny blue sky, to rain storm, to hail, back to sun, otherwise known as ‘herring weather’.
Our field team is slightly larger than last year, and is made of people from many different backgrounds. There will be a core group of us diving the herring spawn and monitoring egg loss through time. Another team will be looking at the local oceanography of spawn locations and what this means for newly hatched herring, and a third team will be working on herring genetics and population structure. Plenty to keep us busy!!
We arrive on Monday March 19th and look forward to reconnecting with all of the lovely people we met last year. Our home base will be the float house in Martin’s Bay, so feel free to stop by and say hello!
We are also quite excited to be expanding this blog to broadly encompass the entire herring school. Watch for updates and exciting news from the rest of the crew!
We’ll leave you with a recent clip of our friend Scott Wallace from the David Suzuki Foundation talking about herring! Enjoy!