Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sustainable Local Fish,Herring

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(Clupea harengus)
(F) Hareng (D) Hering (NL) Haring (E) Arenque
The trade in herring is an important sector of many national economies. In Europe the fish has been called the "silver of the sea", and its trade has been so significant to many countries that it has been regarded as the most commercially important fishery in history.
In Devon and Cornwall they are called Silver Darlings. Herring are highly prized for flavour and nutrition.

In the past Herring would have been a healthy and popular staple. They are particularly popular in the Netherlands. Herring is also a staple food in Germany, Belgium and Scandinavia.
Preserved and pickled they are found throughout Eastern Europe. Kippers are smoked Herring.
Environmental Information
Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus) are one of the most environmentally responsible fish. It is one of the most abundant fish species on earth.
They can grow up to 45 centimeters (17.7 in) in length and weigh more than 0.5 kilograms (1 lb). They feed on copepods, krill and small fish, while their natural predators are seals, whales, cod and other larger fish.
North Atlantic herring schools have been measured up to 4 cubic kilometres (0.96 cu mi) in size, containing an estimated 4 billion fish.
Nutritional Information
Herring are very high in the long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.
They are a good source of vitamin D.

50% of fish caught in the North Sea are thrown back dead - this wasteful practice is called discard.
To end this practice You can be a part of a campaign called Fish Fight.
I would urge You to visit the site - WWW.FISHFIGHT.NET- and get informed and involved.
By supporting this campaign, your name will be added to a letter to be sent to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, members of the Common Fisheries Policy Reform Group, and all MEPs

Your support WILL make a difference


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  1. I eat once a day two halfs of Matjes herring, is there a health benefit, by eating Matjes herring

  2. Well, I'm not hugely into or knowledgeable about health food etc. I just go for fresh and sustainable.
    However, from what I understand, with the oils and minerals in herring, its said to be good for you.
    And Herring in the dutch style tastes good, so whats wrong with that :-)


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