Norwegian spring spawning herring and Norwegian North Sea herring are both sustainably harvested.
The Norwegian Spring Spawning herring stock is at a sustainable level. This is a result of a large spawning biomass and a highly functional management plan. The herring fisheries was made more efficient during the 1950’s and 1960’s which resulted in a decrease in the stock. Strict and efficient fisheries management has brought the stock back to a good and sustainable level. The stock of North Sea herring is classified as having full reproduction capacity and as being harvested sustainably.
Norwegian management of Spring Spawning Herring and North Sea Herring have been evaluated against schemes as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
For supplementary information regarding management of Norwegian herring stocks:
Norwegian management of spring spawning herring (fisheries.no)
Norwegian management of North Sea herring (fisheries.no)
Download NSCs trade brochure on Norwegian Herring.