The Moray Firth has always been an important fishing area. The area has tended to produce reliable rather than spectacular catches, particularly of haddock, cod, whiting, plaice and lemon sole from the demersal fishery and herring and sprats from the pelagic sector. The importance of the demersal and pelagic fisheries, particularly in the inner Moray Firth, has declined in recent years. The area however is still regarded as an important spawning and nursery ground for plaice. It is also and important nursery ground for herring.