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Herring

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Wild Alaska herring is a great source of vitamin B-12, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

Scientific name: Clupea pallasii

20K

On average, a female Pacific herring lays 20,000 eggs each year.

18

Wild Alaska Pacific herring can grow up to 18 inches, but a 9-inch fish is considered large.

10,000

Archaeological evidence documents a 10,000-year tradition of herring harvest in the northern Northwest Coast region. (UAS)

Nutrition

Protein
18g (36% DV)
Omega 3
1807mg
Vitamin B12
8.2mcg (342% DV)

Alaska herring is packed with the long chain omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA.

  • The high oil content in Pacific herring is largely composed of omega-3 fatty acids, the most studied, beneficial, and readily usable by the body.
  • Benefits of DHA & EPA Omega 3s:
    • Improved heart health
    • Improved brain function
    • Vital nutrient for growth and development of prenatal babies and infants
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DV = Daily Value // 3.0 oz = 85g Source: USDA Standard Reference Release 28

Harvesting & Seasonality

Spawning begins as early as late March in southern Southeast Alaska and continues through mid July in the northern Bering Sea.

Alaska herring possess a blue-green color on their upper body, and large silver scales easily removed on their sides. Typically weighing around 0.5 lbs, they can grow as long as 18 inches, but a 9 inch specimen is considered large. Harvested and sold as whole fish, sac roe, and spawn-on-kelp.

Alaska herring are harvested with the following methods: gillnet, purse seine, hand-pick (spawn-on-kelp), pounds/floating pens (spawn-on-kelp) and dive (spawn-on-kelp).

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Sustainability & Environment

In Alaska, the latest science and a stakeholder input guide the responsible management of Alaska’s commercial herring harvest.

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Product Forms and Availability

Wild Alaska herring is harvested in spring, and frozen roe and whole fish are available year-round.

Find herring roe, also known as kazunoko (in-skein) or roe-on-kelp, in many global markets. Whole herring can be found at retail and on restaurant menus.  Unsure about origin? Just #AskforAlaska.

Purchase directly from sellers using our supplier’s directory (search for “sells to consumers”).

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Cooking

Wild Alaska Pacific herring are perfect for pickling, curing, and smoking. When smoked or cured, it becomes firmer and readily absorbs the flavors used in the process.

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