Herring Sale for Autism – January 16, 2021, Richmond

The 2021 Herring Sale is now sold out!

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Steveston’s fishing industry is renowned for its generous support for those with special needs in B.C., but Oceanside Fisheries owners Mike Rekis and Anne McCaw have a special tie to the autism community: “Our daughter is a very able adult now, but we haven’t forgotten how important ACT is to the success of children and adults with autism. We are supporting ACT because our family believes that the next generation of B.C. children deserves to have access to ACT’s impartial information and training resources,” explains Anne McCaw, a member of  ACT’s Board of Directors.

“ACT is heartened by the support we are receiving from Oceanside. We support all of B.C. with our free online information and training resources and during the pandemic this has proved by vital”, explains Deborah Pugh, ACT’s Executive Director, “Every bag of herring sold will help us continue to provide families with vital information on how to help their children.”

Thanking Oceanside Fisheries and all the Herring Sale Volunteers

ACT appreciates the continuing generosity and enthusiasm of Anne McCaw and Mike Rekis of Oceanside Fisheries, who donated 20,000 lbs of herring for the 2020 Herring Sale for Autism. We also extend our gratitude to the volunteers who braved the chilly weather to help sell every single one of those icy fish and to the sponsors who all contributed to ensuring the sale was a tremendous success:

  • Karim Alrawi
  • Paul Burns and family
  • Brennan Kovacevich
  • Anne Millerd
  • Abby Rekis
  • Paige & Hannah Sharpe
  • Brent Shirley
  • Tsur Somerville
  • Karen Wong
  • Jenny Zhao and family
  • Leader Fishing Ltd.
  • Richmond Sentinel
  • Steveston Harbour Authority
  • Stingray Radio
  • Watts Costumes
Herring being loaded into bags

2021 Herring Sale Photo by Grant McMillan


ACT – Autism Community Training is British Columbia’s leading provider of community-based professional development and parent training in autism and special needs. Since 2010, ACT has provided 25,000 registrants with 200,000 hours of live training featuring leading clinicians and researchers.

Herring Recipes


ACT is collecting herring recipes to share. Email your recipes to info@actcommunity.ca or try one of these:

The Health Benefits of Herring

According to the UK Guardian: ” Herring is one of the very best food sources of vitamin D. Our bodies make this vitamin in sunlight, but in our climate, it’s easy not to get enough. There seems to be more to vitamin D than strong teeth and bones. It’s now thought that vitamin D deficiency might be a factor in many diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

Herring is loaded with EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help prevent heart disease and keep the brain functioning properly. They also seem to be effective in reducing inflammatory conditions, such as Crohn’s disease and arthritis.

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