Interesting facts about herring

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One of the most commonly caught marine fish.

Herring is a very popular fish. They are found in the northern hemisphere of the Earth. Since time immemorial, they have been one of the most commonly caught fish. With the industrial development of fishing in the 3rd century, their population declined significantly. Eating herring meat is very good for health. It contains many vitamins and minerals, as well as omega acids.

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Herring is an oceanic fish that lives in schools.

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Herring has been known since ancient times and was a very popular delicacy.

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The most popular type of herring is the ocean herring, a subspecies of which is the Baltic herring.

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Herring is one of the most commonly caught fish in sea fishing.

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In the 90s, the herring population declined significantly due to overfishing of its habitat.

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Ocean herring live in the waters of the North Atlantic from the English Channel to the Arctic Ocean.

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Ocean herring live at a depth of about 250 m. During the day they feed closer to the day, and at night they appear closer to the surface.

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The body length of herring is usually about 30 cm, but larger individuals are also found.

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Herring feed on plankton and migrate in search of food.

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Ocean herring reaches sexual maturity at 5-8 years of age, while its smaller relative, the Baltic herring, is ready to reproduce when it reaches 2-3 years of age.

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Depending on the age of the female, she can lay from 10 to 100 thousand grains of caviar during spawning.

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The young, non-reproductive form of herring is called mathias.

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Herring roe is quite heavy and sticky, so it easily sinks to the bottom and sticks to it.

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The lifespan of herring is approximately 20 – 25 years.

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Baltic herring are smaller than ocean herring and typically grow to about 24 cm.

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A species of Pacific herring lives in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

It is a fish that can reach a length of up to 45 cm, but usually grows to 30 cm. It is one of the most commonly caught schooling fish in the North Pacific Ocean. Found in the waters of North America, the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, Japan, Bering and Chukotka, Barents, White and Kara.
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Herring is eaten raw, smoked, pickled or canned.

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We also call herring salad.

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In the 70-80s, the herring catch in the Baltic Sea exceeded 400 thousand tons per year.

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Herring is a rich source of high-quality protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

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Due to the content of omega-3 acids, herring has antidepressant properties, improves memory and concentration.

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100 g of herring contains about 1,5 g of omega-3 acids and only 158 kcal.

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They are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E. They also contain a lot of vitamin B6 and B12.

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The minerals contained in herring meat are mainly: iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus and iodine.

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Eating herring improves immunity, the functioning of the circulatory system, and regulates blood pressure.

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Baltic herring meat contains more dioxins and biphenyls than Atlantic herring.

This is due to pollution of the Baltic Sea. Despite the increased amount of toxic ingredients, their content does not exceed food standards.
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Herring flakes drenched in vinegar with the addition of onions, mustard, bay leaves and oil are called Bismarcks.

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Pickling is a whole herring smoked with hot smoke along with its innards.

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