The Herring Festival in the Town of Jamesville was designated as the Official Herring Festival of North Carolina in 2011.
More than 50% of all seafood caught each year is either herring or carp.
Herring is a common name for members of the family Clupeidae, consisting of numerous species of marine and fresh-water food fishes, including the sardine, the menhaden, and the shad.
There are two types of commercially important herring:
Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus harengus) is found across the North Atlantic.
Pacific herring (C. harengus pallasi) range from northern California to Alaska and from eastern Russia south to Japan.
A German New Year's tradition is to eat herring at the stroke of midnight to bring good luck for the New Year.
The Domesday Book, a great English land survey of 1086 and the oldest surviving public record, listed the town of Dunwich as one of the 10 largest towns in England, with royal annual taxes of 68,000 herring.
The powerful Hanseatic League of Germany and Scandinavia collapsed in the 15th century when herring stopped spawning in the Baltic Sea.
The term 'kippers' refers to herring that is split, dressed, salted and smoked.