Dubbed king or prince, herring, the legendary fish closely associated with the history of fishing in the Nord-Pas de Calais, enjoys honorific titles. Long ago, the herring trade was as important as the spice trade, the port of Boulogne sur Mer is famous because of it. Each year its prestige is further enhanced by traditional events: The "Fête du Hareng et de la Beurrière" at Boulogne sur Mer, the "Hareng Roi" at Etaples, the "Fête de la Matelote" at Grand-Fort Philippe, the "Icelanders" at Gravelines, the "Flobart" at Wissant,and all the others associated with the sea. On these occasions, people eat as much of it as they want, as well as all other kinds of seafood. In Dunkirk, the mayor throws if from the top of the bell tower, during the merrymaking - an enduring tradition.