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Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

This March 12, 2014 photo shows a serving of raw herring with pickles and onions at one of Amsterdam's ubiquitous herring stands, in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

This March 12, 2014 photo shows Associated Press reporter Mike Corder demonstrating how to eat raw herring outside one of Amsterdam's ubiquitous herring stands, in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

This March 12, 2014 photo shows a vendor preparing raw herring, left, raw herring with pickles and onion, and another one with just pickles, at one of Amsterdam's ubiquitous herring stands, in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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