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Herring is not only delicious
But did you know that herring is one of the healthiest fish in the world and also scores highly in terms of sustainability?
Herring is a healthy fatty fish. Scientific research has shown that people who regularly eat oily fish are about 50% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease.
Herring contains high-quality proteins and the fat of herring consists, for a large part, of unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids. The protein-rich fish is essential for building and repairing muscles, organs, the nervous system and blood.
“Eating fish at least once a week – instead of less than once a month – results in an approximately 15% lower risk of death from heart disease.”
– The Health Council of the Netherlands
It is a matter of responsible stock management in which catch quotas are set on the basis of scientific research. How much can be fished per country (and per ship) is very well controlled and that everyone works together to maintain a healthy sea.
The herring can easily be caught in a sustainable way because it forms schools. For example, herring fishermen do not have to make contact with the seabed with their nets. Herring fishing, therefore, has hardly any by-catch of other fish or marine animals.
“There is no damage to the environment with herring fishing. You are basically just sieving water.”
– Fisherman Arie van der Zwan (MSC.org)
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