Herring and Schools of fish

Pearl essence, a silvery substance extracted from the scales of herring, and other schooling fishes is one of the many fish by products used.  Pearl essence is important to the manufacturing of lipstick, nail polish, paints, ceramics and costume jewelry.

The Hudson River is the largest river entirely within state borders that is home to all members of the herring family.  They spend the bulk of their lives in the ocean and only return to freshwater to reproduce.

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