If you notice the lighter colour of the sea near the shore, you may figure out that this discolouration is caused by milt from the herring as they fertilize the eggs that are laid in the shallow waters near the beach.
The seine boats get ready for the signal from the Fisheries Patrol Boat that hovers nearby. They have drawn names to establish the order in which boats will take their turn.
The red and white boat in the middle of the herring fleet is calling the shots. “First opening will begin at 11 a.m. Small boats not involved in the fishery please keep out of the way.”
At first when I looked out to sea, I thought the black shapes were more sea birds. I had seen a large flock of scoters sitting together and what looked like a smaller raft of them farther out. Without a tripod my efforts at zooming are not as clear as they might have been, but they turned out clear enough to show that the second raft of birds was actually a group of sea lions, lying on their backs, enjoying a rest between snacks of the plentiful herring. If you could be here, you would hear them barking like big dogs.
On the back deck of the seine boat you can see the huge net wound around the drum. This net will be paid out and steadied at one end by the man in the skiff while the seine boat turns around in a circle, making a purse of his net. The herring trapped in the net are then pulled alongside the seiner and pumped from the net into the seiner’s hold.
You can see the man tending the skiff, ready for the call to begin.
The seine boats set the nets. See the floats holding one end of the net up on the surface? As the seiner did his loop, I could see a few sea lions inside the circle. I’m sure the man in the skiff would get some close looks at them. Hopefully the sea lions would swim out on their own before getting tangled in the net.