Profile updated on 4 June 2020

SUMMARY

SUMMARY

IDENTIFICATION

SCIENTIFIC NAME(s)

Clupea harengus

SPECIES NAME(s)

Atlantic herring

Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) is widely distributed in the Northwest and Northeast Atlantic. Within the Northeast Atlantic, they are distributed from the northern Bay of Biscay to Greenland, and east into the Barents Sea.

Stock distribution is uncertain for Atlantic herring in this area.  Many local populations with differing growth rates share similar habitats and may mix during certain times of the year.   There is some evidence that western Baltic spring-spawning herring (Division 3a and subdivisions 22–24) and central Baltic herring (subdivisions 25–29 and 32, excluding Gulf of Riga herring) are mixing in subdivisions 24 (ICES 2017). Also a large portion of the herring in this area are North Sea autumn spawners(NSAS)(ICES 2017) which are considered elsewhere.

This report covers western Baltic spring spawning herring (WBSS) in subdivisions 20–24.


ANALYSIS

Strengths
  • Stock is well managed with precautionary reference points and control rules in place to prevent extensive overexploitation.

FISHSOURCE SCORES

Management Quality:

Management Strategy:

10.0

Managers Compliance:

≥ 8

Fishers Compliance:

≥ 8