SCOTTISH HERRING

Bridging scientific and local ecological knowledge to help Scotland's silver darlings

SCOSHH is a website dedicated to Scottish herring. SCOSHH is a place for you to share your knowledge on Atlantic herring in Scottish seas and find out more about their ecological, economic and cultural importance. 

Herring fisheries made up nearly one-third of the global fish catch in the late 19th century, bringing income and social development to coastal communities. Today, North Sea herring is still economically important, whilst West of Scotland herring never recovered from stock collapse 50 years ago. Healthy herring populations benefit not only humans, but a wide range of other species. Herring deserve our support so that resilient populations can be rebuilt in Scottish waters, where and when possible.

All herring and maerl images on this page © Andy Jackson, SubSeaTV; reproduced with permission. Gutters at work in Wick © Wick Society, Johnston Photographic Collection.