Atlantic Ocean, north-east and north-west (FAO 21|27)
Midwater otter trawl, Purse seines
Different herring fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean 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.. A large part of the herring sold on Dutch markets are therefore MSC-certified.
Herring is caught using pelagic-trawlspelagic trawl:
Pelagic trawls is a fishing technique whereby a funnel-shaped trawl is pulled through the water column. Because the trawl does not drag over the bottom, there is no bottom disturbance. and purse seinesSeines:
A fishing technique to target schools of fish in the water column. The seine consists of a vertical standing net with a long line on each side. By making an outflanking movement, the fish is enclosed into the net. . These fishing techniques do not come in contact with the seabed which thus remains undisturbed. Also, bycatchBycatch:
Species caught next to species targeted for fishery. By-catches can consist of non-commercial species and species that are too small, and can be kept (this part is sometimes called by-product) or thrown back into the sea (discards). rates are low in these fisheries as herring swims in schools with almost no other fish species included.
Fish in season
Fish is in season when the spawning period has ended, as the quality is then at its best.