Spawning takes place in summer, the season extending from June to October.
After the spawning the schools break up into smaller companies which are much scattered, and offer for two or three months employment to the hand-line fishermen.
The season of spawning is different in different places, and even in the same district, e.g.
The east coast of Scotland, there are herrings spawning in spring and others in autumn.
In the British Isles the 1 The name of the fishes of the genus Cyprinus is derived from the island of Cyprus, the ancient sanctuary of Venus; this name is supposed to have arisen from observations of the fecundity and vivacity of carp during the spawning period.