SPFPO Swedish North Sea herring
Certified as sustainable on 9 June 2008.
Species: North Sea herring (Clupea harengus)
Location: The North Sea
Fishing methods: Pelagic purse seine
Number of fisheries: 1
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Maatjes is a product made from herring that are just beginning to develop ovary sacs. It is the timing of this development that dictates where and when the fishery takes place. Maatjes is a high quality, high value product mainly sold on Dutch, Belgium and German markets. Fish caught before the ovaries begin to develop, or after they have developed, are not suitable for the production of maatjes herring.