Sardine

Sardina pilchardus

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

Distributed in the North-east Atlantic mainly from the North Sea to the West Africa. Also present in the Mediterranean Sea.

ECOLOGY

Coastal pelagic-neritic species found in the depth range 10-100 m. It forms schools rising in depth at night. Its diet consists mainly on planktonic crustaceans.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly with purse-seiners and to a lesser extent by pelagic trawlers, beach seines and gill nets.

DID YOU KNOW

Like other small fish, the sardine forms schools that move in unison. This is both a strategy of defense against predators and of saving energy when swimming.