Large, toothless mouths. Large eyes.

No scales on head or gills.

Long bodies. Blue-green, with silver/white belly. Large scales with no spots.

Herring travel in large schools throughout the Pacific, and are a very important food source for many species of fish that ply the Pacific.


25 to 38 cm (10 to 15 inches)


300 to 700 g (10 oz to 1.5 lbs)


Widespread throughout the Pacific (primarily on open-ocean exposed areas although catches in Georgia Strait are not uncommon). In B.C., prevalent both north and west of Vancouver Island, Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.


Year ‘round. Primarily commercially netted, Herring can also be caught individually with rod and reel or a simple herring jig


Considered by many solely as “bait,” Herring are also a food source in their own right and commonly eaten smoked or pickled, especially in Scandinavian countries.


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