Blue Ocean Institute

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Species is relatively abundant, and fishing methods cause little damage to habitat and other wildlife.
Herring, Atlantic

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. and Canadian populations have fully recovered from overfishing in the 1960s with large scale population increases since the 1990s. Early maturation, low bycatch gear, and collaborative management by federal and state partners contribute to the species’ resilience to fishing pressure.

Full species report here.