We eat our pancakes with Spruce Tip Syrup

*This post is not a foraging guide. Please only forage with an experienced guide.

In March, the arrival of herring in droves to their spawning grounds along the coast of Baranof Island is accompanied by a flurry of whale activity. Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) are an important “forage fish” – small fish that are preyed upon by larger predators like salmon and whales – and provide a reliable source of early-spring food as they migrate from the open ocean to the same coastlines each year to spawn.