A frenzied scene in Baynes Sound is captivating watchers, and making some cable ferry passengers nervous, as massive herring boats jockey for position, crossing through the path of the new Buckley Bay-Deman Island cable ferry.
The boats are trying to catch the high returns of Herring now spawning in the tiny area around the terminal. For some the wild event is mesmerizing and for others, its way too close for comfort.
Racing to their fishing ground and jockeying among like minded captains, Herring boats crowd the waters between Buckley Bay and Denman Island to net a catch not seen in years around here.
“Herring everywhere!” says a man from the beach.
So much that its covering the shores of Union Bay for the hearty willing to salvage their supper.
“I’ve never seen this in the three years that I’ve lived on Vancouver Island never seen it. Waited to see it now that I have it’s very awesome,” says neighbouring resident Charlene Osterberg.
But the location where the Herring are spawning, is making ferry passengers like Andrea Rutz nervous. Since those big boats are crossing right in the path of the cable bay ferry that recently started sailing here.
“I was just out on the ferry and I was concerned that the fishing boats had their nets caught on the cable out there and the lights I mean are supposedly clear for people that if they know how to read them that when lights are red that they’re not supposed to go across but I don’t know how clear that really is to everybody so,” says Andrea Rutz.
Some people even tweeting, that boats are disregarding red lights that tell mariners the ferry is in motion.
“When we were on the far side there, there was a boat that had its net out and it just made me wonder,” says Rutz.
But BC Ferries says no one has been in jeopardy in the case quarters. Officials say they’re working with the fishing boats through constant over the radio communication to give them the space they need, to catch their haul in the short window where herring present themselves. Though it has led to 4 delays on the short crossing.
“They’re working out the glitches still,” says Rutz.
To come up with a game plan for next year’s Herring run since this cable ferry and Herring boats are now sharing the same water.