The summer North Sea herring season is well underway. Denholm Seafoods is currently processing Maatjes herring, a premium product consisting of the first summer-caught herring of the year that is exported to the Dutch market. Maatjes are revered in The Netherlands, and special festivals are held to mark the start of the season.
Our fishing vessels will start catching herring in early August. The closeness of the rich North Atlantic herring fishery guarantees a quality catch, and catching herring in such close proximity to Denholm Seafoods’ quayside processing plant preserves the quality of the fish. Once the herring is processed by Denholm Seafoods, it is then shipped to customers in the UK, Europe and Asia. Demand for herring this season is expected to be strong, as it is the only MSC - or Marine Stewardship Council - certified fishery, which ensures sustainability of the catch.