Its hard to make fishing look any better than this. The video editing is super slick and every second screams of talent. Alot of the footage is from Sierra Anderson, who has released some amazing edits of her fishing adventures. This video is a collaboration between Blake Holmes Productions and Sierra’s Fox Cape Productions. Make the leap to vimeo and you can see some of her past projects.
The second opener of the Sitka Herring season was whopper! Just over 5000 tons were harvested from the beach just outside Stargavin Bay. Moments before the opener began, boats started to crowd the beach. Needless to say, there were a few collisions and some tangled nets. The fishery is poised to continue tommorrow!
Every year fishermen gather in Sitka Alaska for one of the most intense fisheries in the world. Millions can be made in minutes. Stay Tuned for more updates and videos from this season’s fishery.
The Sitka Sac Roe Herring officially started yesterday at 1:45. Numerous boats tested their nets one last time in the early morning, before the fishery got underway. Fishermen are extremely determined to harvest the entire quota after last season’s lackluster harvest. The fish seem to be spawning fast and early, it should be interesting to see how the harvest develops this season. Price is pretty much at its lowest ever, fishermen are receiving 150 up front and will hope for a better price as the fish goes to market.
This shot was taken on the third opener of the 2012 Sitka Herring season. The boats are charging into town to deliver herring to the local canneries.
Via Youtube: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Bay herring run “is the last urban fishery in the United States in which people can actually sit on shore and watch commercial boats haul in the squiggling fish” (http://tinyurl.com/ltqpfg8). I was very lucky to film the fishermen close-up from only a few feet away along the SF Bay trail in Richmond, Ca. This video documents the commercial herring fishermen during the 2013 fishing season. It records how the nets are set; how predators compete for the fish, and what happens on the boats during a successful harvest.
An earlier video I made, “Gulls Gone Wild” http://youtu.be/coAf-jlAf_4 documents the wild and crazy behavior of hungry birds that accompanies the huge annual feast of caviar. This latest video focuses on the commercial fisherman hauling in tons of herring.
Each winter, the herring come to mate and scatter there eggs which stick to seaweeds, rocks, and other surfaces. The herring are closely followed by hungry birds, sea lions and fisherman. The area in this film was so rich with spawning fish that the fishermen strung 5 sets of gill nets very close to each other. All the nets had abundant catches!
As the fish got caught in the nets, the seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions would steal the fish from the nets. This doesn't seem to bother the fisherman, however, perhaps because the harvest was so plentiful!
Seagulls are very buoyant and can't dive very well like ducks. They only have access to the fish caught at the very top of the Nets. They put on quite a show trying to dive down into the water trying to remove the trapped fish. The pelicans are better equipped. Their long beaks provide much better access to the fish. The sea lions and seals have the best advantage of all. They can dive as deep as they need to for access to this rich source of food.
This 2013 fishing season in the San Francisco Bay was a very good one. Many fishermen caught their limits early and left the area for other fishing grounds. With the fisherman gone, the birds continue to feed on the herring eggs that cover the rocks, sea weed, and piers. For more information about the SF Bay herring fishery check out http://tinyurl.com/knfc7o7.
First of all, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who has helped support the ComFishFilmFest this year. The festival is really a celebration of the people that I love to work with. Its nice to have a forum where fishermen can come together and share stories. In these digital times, that means sharing GoPro footage and incredible sites only caught in an instant on a camera phone. This year’s festival is live online now at www.fishfilmfest.com. Voting will continue until Jan 30th and we will announce the winners on Jan.31st. So, there is still plenty of time to check out the new site!