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Annual herring run seems heavier than usual off Comox Valley shores

Fishing boats congregate off Comox Valley shores, following the annual herring run. The above-average run, indicated by disturbances in the water, began Monday in this area. - Hal Schulz
Fishing boats congregate off Comox Valley shores, following the annual herring run. The above-average run, indicated by disturbances in the water, began Monday in this area.
— image credit: Hal Schulz

Since retiring from the air force in 1996, Hal Schulz has never seen a bigger herring run, which started Monday.
The annual event occurs in late-February or early-March when millions of herring spawn the B.C. coastline from Victoria to the Queen Charlotte Islands. It typically lasts four or five days.
"It's good to see the heavy, concentrated run," Schulz said, noting Fisheries and Oceans Canada says the herring run is declining. "I've never seen it like this."
The Comox resident has been photographing the run while flying his single-seat plane over Cape Lazo, Denman Island, Bowser and other areas.
reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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