Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii
Herring make up the most abundant forage fish on the coast of British Columbia. Salmon and many other species of fish depend on them as a food source. Every year vast numbers of herring come in to shallow areas along the coast to spawn, depositing their eggs on kelp and eel grass, as well as any other structure in the water in the intertidal zones and below. This annual event is a bonanza to myriads of other marine and terrestrial life, forming an important part of food chain.