This is a comeback story for the herring in Vancouver’s False Creek.
Eight years ago the Squamish Streamkeepers Society tried an experiment to help herring populations rebound in Howe Sound.
They wrapped the creosote-soaked pilings under the docks with fabric, so when the herring laid their eggs on the piling they would not be poisoned by the creosote.
It worked so well, last New Year’s Eve they did the same thing near Granville Island.
The result is the first successful herring spawn in False Creek in more than 100 years.
“There were 20 tons of herring spawn here on the last full moon,” said John Matsen from the Squamish Streamkeepers Society. “The potential is 15,000 tons of herring.”
“If we can mimic a fraction of the success that we’ve had in Squamish, you’re going to see herring like in the good old days here.”