HABITAT: Adult herring live in open ocean waters off the Pacific Coast. Juvenile herring live in shallow bays, inlets, and estuaries, returning to these areas to spawn as mature adults.
DIET: Pacific herring feed on phytoplankton, zooplankton, crustaceans, small fish, and the larvae of decapods and mollusks.
PREDATORS: Herring are common prey for larger fish and marine mammals, such as salmon, cod, harbor seals, and whales; as well as seabirds, such as gulls and pelicans; and humans.
FUN FACT: More than 90 percent of the herring fished by humans are harvested for the extraction of roe (eggs inside the fish).
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