Herring, Atlantic – U.S.
In the U.S. and Canada, Atlantic Herring range from the Labrador coast to South Carolina.
Herring support a substantial bait industry for lobster, blue crab and tuna fisheries. They are also sold as steaks, kippers and are one of many species sold in the U.S. as canned sardines, although technically they are not considered to be sardines.
The U.S. population is considered healthy. However, because Herring are an important food source for many fish, marine mammals, and seabirds, there are concerns that not enough fish are being left in the ocean to feed these predators. As well, the fishery catches large numbers of non-target fish, some of which are species of concern.