Sandeels

Ammodytes spp

WHERE CAN YOU FIND IT?

  • Atlantic
  • Mediterranean
  • Baltic
  • Kattegat-Skagerrak

HOW TO MEASURE?

Total length (cm)

DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL SIZE?

No

HOW TO MEASURE

DISTRIBUTION MAP


DISTRIBUTION

Found in the North-east Atlantic from the Barents Sea and Iceland and southwards to North-west Africa. Also in the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Species commonly found in the intertidal zone, sandy bays and estuaries. Has been discovered at depths of 100 m. Its diet consists of zooplankton and diatoms.

FISHERIES

Mainly caught by trawlers using small-meshed demersal fishing gears.

DID YOU KNOW

Sand eels spend most of their time hidden in the sand, especially during winter when they remain buried in a state of hibernation.