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San Francisco Bay this time of year is dotted with herring boats resting in the fog near its shore, just inside the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a beautiful place to work. And for Ernie Koepf, who has been fishing for herring in the Bay for 30 years, the job is more than a maritime idyll — it's lucrative too. At the peak of the herring season a few years ago, he made $185,000 in one month. Herring is the San Francisco Bay's last commercially viable fish, caught mostly for their golden colored eggs which are popular in Japan. Herring season just ended, but before it did, Weekend America's Krissy Clark went out on the Bay with Ernie on his herring boat, the Ursula B, for a unique look at the San Francisco Bay.

A Note From Reporter Krissy Clark

To learn more about commercial fishermen and Ernie Koepf's organization, "Fishing Families Outreach," which takes school groups on field trips of fishing boats around the San Francisco Bay, you can call 650-678-7124.

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