Atlantic herring

Quality mark Cultivation
/Keurmerk Wild
Green
Second choice
Avoid
Bycatch

Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-west (FAO 21)

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Midwater otter trawl, Purse seines, Gillnets

Explanation assessment

On the east coast of Canada there are several MSC-certified herring fisheries that fish with gillnet, [purse seine] or [midwater otter trawl]. These methods have little [bycatch]. Because there is no interaction between the fishing gear and the seabed, there is no negative fishery impact on the seabed or environment in sea.

 

Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Trawls, Purse seines

Explanation assessment

Several fisheries on Atlanto-Scandian herring are MSC-certifiedMSC Certified:
fisheries that comply with the Marine Stewardship Council assessment criteria and are certified. Fish products with the blue MSC label are caught by sustainable fisheries.
, including (since 2010) the boats of the Dutch Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association (PFA). The certified fisheries use [midwater otter trawls] and [purse seines]. Also several herring fisheries in the North Sea are MSC-certified, including (since 2006) the boats of the PFA, recertified in 2017. These fishermen fish on autumn-spawning North Sea Herring and use midwater otter trawls and purse seines. There is also MSC-certified herring from the English Channel region and the Baltic Sea.

 

Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: North Sea

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Midwater otter trawl, Purse seines

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The [fishing pressure] on Atlantic herring has strongly declined in the last years and is currently on the lowest level since 1990. This gives a chance for recovery of the herring stock after a historical low in 2011.

Herring is caught with [midwater otter trawls] or [purse seines]. Both methods have little [bycatch]. Because there is no interaction between the fishing gear and the seabed, there is no negative fishery impact on the seabed or environment in sea.

The fishery is regulated with catch restrictions and technical measures like minimum [mesh size]. The fishery management on herring is largely effective.

 

Atlantic herring

Clupea harengus
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Origin

Atlantic Ocean, north-east (FAO 27)
Deelgebieden: Skagerrak and Kattegat

Cultivation- / Catchmethod

Midwater otter trawl, Trawls

Fish stocks and fishing pressure
Ecosystem effects
Fishery management
Final assessment
Explanation assessment

The [fishing pressure] on Atlantic herring has strongly declined in the last years and is currently on the lowest level since 1990. This gives a chance for recovery of the herring stock after a historical low in 2011. Herring is caught with [midwater otter trawls] or [purse seines]. Both methods have little [bycatch].

Because there is no interaction between the fishing gear and the seabed, there is no negative fishery impact on the seabed or environment in sea.

The fishery is regulated with catch restrictions and technical measures like minimum [mesh size]. The fishery management on herring is largely effective.

 

General

Atlantic herring

The North Sea has three important herring stocks. They all have their own, separate spawning grounds where they spawn during fall. This distinguishes Atlantic herring from North Sea herring which spawn in spring. Herring feed on plankton and live in large schools. During summer, all three Atlantic herring stocks gather in the northern North Sea to forage. Herring stick their eggs to the sea bottom. The most important spawning grounds for young herring (<2 years old) are located on both sides of the North Sea and in the Skagerrak and Kattegat. The largest herring stock in the north-eastern Atlantic Ocean is the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock. This stock lives in the waters around Iceland, Norway and Svalbard.