You can pickle Herring as rollmops, smoke or cook them fresh. They are high in omega 3 which makes them really nutritious. Herring belongs to the same family of fish as sprat and pilchard – small, silvery and streamlined with a single dorsal fin, they move around together in huge schools very near the surface. In Old Norse language ‘herring’ actually means ‘army’! Very important in the Scottish diet where they have been caught off the coast for centuries and referred to as the Silver Darlings. The Hastings drift net fishery, from which we will be sourcing some of our fish, is also MSC certified. It can grow to greater than 40cm, although size differs between ‘races’ (distinct breeding stocks). Most herring landed are around 25cm. Herring are sexually mature at between 3-9 years (depending on stock) and populations include both spring and autumn spawners. Herring have an important role in the marine ecosystem, as a transformer of plankton at the bottom of the food chain to higher trophic or feeding levels, e.g. for cod, seabirds and marine mammals.