"Assessing Herring Roe Quality" by Theodore Assu

Since 1971 the commercial herring fishery in the East Pacific has mainly been focussing on herring roe as a product almost exclusively for the Japanese Market.  In Japan perfect herring roe is highly prized as a delicacy.  As the Japanese herring stocks became depleted in the late 1950s, buyers discovered the Northamerican Westcoast as the ideal source for supply. Quality means more money and so fishermen are very concerned to obtain the best quality roe, which means, it should look immaculate. As a result only the ripe females are of value, but all captured fish are killed and the bodies turned into fish meal.

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Friday, January 24, 2014