Atlantic Herring


The Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus) belongs to the‌ Clupeidae family that’s renowned‌ for its importance in global seafood trade.

Conservation Status

Considering its abundant presence, the‍ Atlantic Herring ⁢has been listed as ‘Least Concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Conservation ⁤efforts include regulatory⁤ fishing measures and monitoring of⁣ spawning populations.


Attribute Average Range
Length 30 cm 20 cm – 45 cm
Weight 0.8 ​kg 0.5 kg – 1.5 ⁢kg
Lifespan 15 years N/A


The Atlantic Herring is widely distributed,⁢ spanning the East coast of ⁢North America to ‍the waters ⁤surrounding ⁢Iceland and Scandinavia, in oceans and seas. ⁤They undergo regular migrations, moving to rural waters for spawning and retreating ‌offshore during the winter.


Atlantic herring are typically found in marine water but also frequent brackish environments. They dwell at depths ranging from the surface to 200 meters, in temperatures between 2°C and 26°C.

When and⁢ Where to See

Atlantic Herring are widely visible throughout the year. However, they are particularly abundant‍ from spring through autumn. The best time to observe is generally ‍at dawn or dusk.

Best Fishing Locations

Known for their widespread distribution, Atlantic Herrings can be encountered in:

  1. Atlantic Northeast
  2. Massachusetts Bay
  3. Gulf of Maine
  4. Canadian Maritimes
  5. North‍ Sea
  6. Baltic Sea
  7. Norwegian Sea
  8. Iceland

How to ⁣Catch

Popular baits for Atlantic Herring fishing include small jigs, spoons, and⁣ sabiki rigs. Methods typically involve trolling or bottom fishing. Fishing success is usually highest during the ⁣early morning or late afternoon.

Identification Guide

Atlantic Herrings are defined by their silver-blue: color, ​sleek torpedo-shaped bodies, and distinctive single dorsal fin. They have a protruding lower jaw and large,‍ round eyes.

Culinary⁤ Information

Atlantic Herring is appreciated for its ⁤mild, sweet taste and firm⁤ texture. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins B12 ​and D. Pickled herring and herring salad⁢ are traditional dishes in many countries around the Baltic and North⁤ Sea.

Additional Information

Atlantic Herrings are filter feeders, sieving planktonic‍ organisms from the water. They⁢ form large schools and coordinate their movements in spectacular displays, possibly as a⁣ protection mechanism against predators like sea birds, marine mammals, and larger fish species.

References and Further Reading