SIGNS OF THE HERRING SPAWN: Residents have been noticing the arrival of some Brant geese

SIGNS OF THE HERRING SPAWN: Residents have been noticing the arrival of some Brant geese

Signs of the herring spawn near Parksvile Qualicum Beach

The DFO currently has test boats and planes searching for signs of the spawn so it can signal the start of the herring roe fishery

SIGNS OF THE HERRING SPAWN: Residents have been noticing the arrival of some Brant geese, a sure sign of spring and the herring spawn. Birds and mammals are being seen in larger numbers around French Creek Marina (like this eagle above), ground zero for the herring roe fishery that’s soon to begin in the waters off Parksville Qualicum Beach.