Spawn on Kelp Herring Fishery - Pacific Region

In the Spawn on Kelp (SOK) fishery, the harvest is not of whole herring, but the eggs which have adhered to blades of kelp after herring have spawned. It is conducted by suspending lines of kelp where herring spawn, and may use either an open or a closed ponding technique.

SOK is a traditional food of BC coastal First Nations, which harvest SOK for food, social, and ceremonial purposes under the authority of communal licences. First Nations have traditionally harvested herring spawn using the open pond method on several types of kelp, eel grass, and tree branches.

The SOK fishery occurs in all of the major stock assessment areas for Pacific Herring except the Strait of Georgia, where there is a lack of suitable kelp.

Integrated Fisheries Management Plan

Fishery Information

Spawn on Kelp contact

For more information on Spawn on Kelp in the Pacific Region please contact:


Section Head - Salmon & Herring
417 - 2nd Avenue West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G8