The Herring Schoolers come from diverse backgrounds, training, and communities, but are linked in their passion to learn about the ecological and cultural importance of Pacific herring and to share this knowledge broadly. The fish has great importance on both sides of the Pacific, but stocks depleted by overfishing in recent years. Like Pacific sardines, Pacific herring have a blue-green upper surface, silver sides, and a silver belly. The Herring School is part of the Tula Foundation's Hakai Program. Desscription Pacific Herring is a type of Herring found mostly in the North Pacific Ocean. Herring oil has also been used as a preservative, for lighting fuel, and as fertilizer. The Pacific herring population in Prince William Sound collapsed in 1993, 4 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Pacific herring have long been consumed by humans and are still fished commercially and recreationally. It is silvery on the bottom and bluish green at top, growing up to 18 inches in length. In Southeast Alaska, herring abundance is trending upwards since 1980. Pacific Herring: A Love Story Every year Pacific Herring arrive in Yaquina Bay with one goal in mind - to make the next generation of Pacific Herring. Also like the sardines, herring travel in large groups and are filter feeders. 4.17).Eggs provided an early boost of high fat and protein, a welcome repast after depleted winter food supplies. The Pacific herring, Clupea pallasii, is a species of the herring family associated with the Pacific Ocean environment of North America and northeast Asia.It is a silvery fish with unspined fins and a deeply forked caudal fin. Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi), as with salmon, have been an important human food for thousands of years (Lethcoe and Lethcoe, 1994).Herring eggs were especially important to Alaskan natives as they were easily collected on beaches after spring spawning (Fig. Pacific Herring . The Pacific herring fish is considered as a keystone species mainly because of it’s very high productivity and interactions with a large number of predators and prey. The distribution is widely along the California coast from Baja California north to Alaska and the Bering Sea; in Asia the distribution is south to Japan. Threats. The Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii) may reach eighteen inches in length. This website is a collaborative effort by the many people involved in the Herring School. Pacific Herring is caught for roe, bait and use as food. The cause has yet to be determined and the population has shown little sign of recovery. It is available fresh or salted. Most adults are around twelve inches long, however. Herrings have been salted in Europe for at least 1000 years to keep as winter food. Herring belongs to a wider family of around 200 fish species, but there are three species of herring that are most common: Atlantic, Pacific and Araucanian. A threat to Pacific herring is the loss of spawning grounds.