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Australian Herring are quite an acrobatic fish. They move in schools and feed inshore. Juvenile herring feed and grow in sheltered bays and inshore waters along the lower west Western Australian coast and Southern Australian coast. They are carried there by the Leeuwin Current.
As they grow bigger, they move out to more exposed costal habitats. Australian Herring reach maturity at 2-3 years old and migrate to the spawning ground on the lower west WA coast. These migrating fish join the adults which are live on this coastline and around Rottnest permanently.
Australian Herring are popular among recreational and commercial fishers.
Threats include; habitat destruction, over-fishing and pollution
(Photo: courtesy of the Department of Fisheries, WA)