Atlantic herring

Atlantic herring

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Varðin is a leading provider of superior Atlantic herring, that is handled with the utmost care to ensure quality and freshness. We have a large herring quota for stable and reliable delivery.

Available forms: whole round, flaps
Freezing method: 
horizontal plate and IQF freezing
Method of catch: trawler, seiner
Fat content:
10% – 25%
Size (grams
 WR: 200+, 250+, 300+, 350+, 380+, 400+, 425+, 450+
(pcs/kg) Flaps: 5-8, 8-12, 12-15
 (blocks per carton)2 x 14,5 kg
Fishing season: September – December

Herring is a fatty fish that becomes rancid quite fast if not handled and cooled properly. Here at Varðin, we have the experience and facilities to make sure, that it doesn’t happen. We have advanced cooling systems that keep the herring at -1,5 °C from catch to freezer. This ensures superior quality and freshness.

Atlantic herring catalogue.

Gradings according to buyers’ specifications.

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About Atlantic herring

Atlantic herring (clupea harengus) is also known as the silver of the sea, because of its beautiful silver skin. It is a forage fish that is often seen at fishing banks and near the coast. It can grow up to 45 cm and weigh up to 1 kg. Although, when caught by Faroese fishing vessels, they usually weigh about 400 g. Atlantic herring feeds upon copepods, krill, and small fish.

Atlantic herring schools are exceptionally large, and a single school often consists of several billion individuals. Herring can be found across the entire North Atlantic in many separate stocks which stretch from areas like the Labrador Sea, the Bay of Biscay, to the Norwegian Sea. The Faroe Islands are positioned right in the middle of this geographical triangle.

Atlantic herring spawns in coastal waters and near offshore banks. A female herring spawns between 20.000 and 40.000 eggs in a single spawning season. Once fertilized, the larvae sink to the ocean floor and mature for a few weeks. Hatching time depends on ocean temperature.

Atlantic Herring