Sprat

Sprattus sprattus

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, ranging from Southern Norwegian Sea to North-west Africa, including the Baltic Sea. Also found in the Mediterranean and Black Seas.

ECOLOGY

Pelagic schooling fish usually found in inshore waters of approx. 50 m below the surface but occasionally as far as 150 m. It feeds on planktonic crustaceans and diatoms.

FISHERIES

Caught mainly using mid-water small-meshed trawls but also using purse-seiners and driftnets.

DID YOU KNOW

They often make vertical migrations relative to the fluctuating light of the day. During daytime the species inhabits deeper waters, moving closer to the surface at night.