Terrestrial Mammals

Salmon, one of the most important fish inhabiting our ocean’s water column, rely on herring for food. As young salmon migrate to sea, they can be a major predator of larval and juvenile herring. As adults, salmon species including chinook and coho have been found to rely on herring, which contribute up to 60% of their diet (source: DFO). Other socioeconomically-important fish, including lingcod, halibut, dogfish and rockfish, are also significant predators of herring. Thus, the health of salmon populations and other fishes that live in our coastal waters is directly linked to the health of herring stocks.

The wolf was scouted along the shore, nibbling on herring eggs here and there in Spiller Channel near Bella Bella, Central Coast, BC. The black bear was filmed in Quatsino Sound, Vancouver Island, BC.

Black bear gorging herring eggs on seaweed in Quatsiino Sound. Remote camera image by Caroline Fox

Black bear gorging herring eggs on seaweed in Quatsiino Sound. Remote camera image by Caroline Fox.

Date: 
Monday, March 24, 2014