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Pacific Herring 

Traits: Medium-sized fish with no lateral line, large mouth, no teeth or jaws, no adipose fin

Habitat: Mainly at sea and in estuaries; spawns in shallow waters over eelgrass, kelp, or rocks.  Young live in shallow bays and inlets before moving to deeper waters.

Foods: Adults feed on copepods, amphipods, euphausiids, mollusks, larvae, small fish. Young feed on copepods, invertebrate eggs, diatoms.

Eaten by: Chum salmon, loons, porpoises, beluga whales, humans

Do You Know? Pacific herring are a very important part of the food web!

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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