|Herring - Clupea harengus - Illustration: Jón Baldur Hlíðberg|
|Frozen products. Whole, flaps and fillets skin on/skinless.|
Herring has long been a highly important species for Iceland with three herring stocks found in Icelandic waters; Icelandic spring-spawning and summer-spawning herring that spawn in Iceland and the Atlanto-Scandian herring that spawn off western Norway and then migrate west to the area between Iceland and Jan Mayen to seek feed, and pass Iceland in heavy shoals as they make their way back to Norwegian waters for the winter, ready to spawn again in the spring.
Fisheries scientist Árni Fridriksson was the first to identify the herring’s migration between Norway and Iceland, and his theories were proved by research.
Icelanders started to fish herring in large amounts after 1955, mainly spring-spawning herring, and then Atlanto-Scandian herring after 1960. Herring stocks then collapsed and it took many years for the summer-spawning herring to recover. The Atlanto-Scandian herring stock has also recovered but has not resumed its former migration pattern that brought it to icelandic waters each summer.
Íslenskir fiskar by Gunnar Jónsson,
Fiskar og fiskveiðar by Bent J. Muus and Preben Dahlström,
Almenna bókafélagið 1968, and others.