Thread Herring

Thread Herring

Scientific Name: Opisthonema ogling
Catch Location: U.S.
Catch Method: Purse Seine

Lab Analysis:
  Moisture Pct.: 73.23
  Protein Pct.: 20.65
  Total Fat Pct.: 3.22
  Total Ash Pct.: 3.68
  Carbs Pct.: 0
  Calories Cal/100g: 147.3


Thread Herring (Opisthonema oglinum) is a wild caught product off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Catch date is year-round with heaviest catches in summer months. They reproduce rapidly and school in mostly shallow coastal waters. They are closer in size to a sardine than a herring. The “thread” behind the dorsal fin led to its common name. They feed mainly on zooplankton, especially copepods, but also will eat shrimp, crabs and small fish. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch has not issued a rating for Thread Herring.

All Thread Herring provided by Bionic Zoo & Aquarium are caught with a purse seine and pumped into onboard chill tanks using a fish vacuum. Next, they are immediately transported back to a state of the art, HACCP approved packing facility where they are directly placed into their appropriate packaging and blast frozen. Upon completion of freezing, the seafood is transported to either a storage facility or directly to the customer on trucks maintaining 0° F to -10° F, which is the same temperature standard used throughout the entire process from initial freezing to delivery to the customer.