Atlantic Herring

Clupea harengus

Also Known As

Herring, Sea herring, Sild, Common herring, Labrador herring, Sardine, Sperling

U.S. wild-caught Atlantic herring is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.



Year-round. Most of the herring eaten in the United States is canned and either pickled or smoked.


U.S. wild-caught from Maine to North Carolina.


Small fresh herring have a more delicate flavor, while larger herring have a fuller, oilier flavor.


The meat of fresh herring is soft.


The meat of fresh herring is off-white.

Health Benefits

Atlantic herring are a great source of omega-3s, vitamin B12, and iron.

Health & Nutrition

Nutrition facts

Serving weight 100 g (raw)
Amount per serving
Calories 158
Protein 17.96 g
Fat, total 9.04 g
Saturated fatty acids, total 2.04 g
Carbohydrate 0 g
Sugars, total 0 g
Fiber, total dietary 0 g
Cholesterol 60 mg
Selenium 36.5 mcg
Sodium 90 mg

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