Roe Herring Fishery - Pacific Region

Roe herring are fished for their eggs. The harvested roe is considered a delicacy in Japan, which is the main market for this product. The fishery takes place as the herring gather to spawn during late February to early March in southern NC, and mid- March to mid-April in northern BC. Opening dates and times for the commercial fishery are announced on the fishing grounds once the roe has matured to optimum quality.

The commercial roe herring fishery occurs in five geographic areas determined by major herring stocks; Prince Rupert District, Central Coast, Haida Gwaii, West Coast of Vancouver Island, and Strait of Georgia. Specific fishing locations are determined by major concentrations of fish and the potential for the highest roe yield.

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

Fishery Information

Roe Herring fishery contact

For more information on the Food and Bait herring fishery please contact:


Resource Manager, Herring/Pelagics
3225 Stephenson Road
Nanaimo, BC