West Coast Vancouver Island Has Prime Herring Waters
Canadian commercial fisheries that participate in herring roe fishing are found in Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, the Central Coast, the Strait of Georgia and West Coast Vancouver Island. These fishing locations have large concentrations of herring. On average, 25,000 tonnes of harvested herring produces around 8,000 tonnes of roe.
In British Columbia, infant herring can be found near inlets, protected waters and shallow waters near the shore. Mature herring gather in deeper seawaters. Herring eat mostly small crustaceans, krill, molluscs, smaller fish and phytoplankton.