Anchovy

Engraulis encrasicolus

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

Yes

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Found in the North-east Atlantic from the North Sea to West Africa. Also present throughout the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

ECOLOGY

Pelagic species commonly found above 50 m of depth, forming large schools. It has been rarely been recorded down to 400 m. It feeds on planktonic organisms.

FISHERIES

Usually caught by pelagic trawlers and purse-seiners, including lampara nets, and beach seines.

DID YOU KNOW

Due to its short lifespan, the anchovy’s fishery depends largely on the abundance of the incoming year.