Species catalogue


Order Clupeiformes
Family Clupeidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and oval body with ventral carina. Large, thin, slightly descending scales. Head without scales. Smooth gill operculum, eyes with transparent eyelids and prominent lower jaw. Dorsum is deep blue, and silver belly.

FAO code
Clupea harengus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Hering
France Hareng
Italy Aringa
Portugal Arenque
United Kingdom Herring
Japan Nishin
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