Nourishing millions for centuries

Sardine size is up to 8 inches (20 cm). They live in the Mediterranean, eastern Atlantic, along the eastern Pacific Coast and in the Indian Ocean. Fishing season for sardines is spring, summer and autumn.


English: sardine, pilchard

Italian: sardella, sardina, sarda

Croatian: srdela, sardela, srdjela

Slovene: sardela

French: sardine

Spanish: sardiña, parrocha, xouba

Portuguese: sardinha

Greek: sardela

Turkish: sardalya

German: Sardine

Blue-green with black spots

The sardine is a scaly blue fish belonging to the herring family of Clupeidae. It has a blue-green back and can have a series of black spots along its body.

The meat of sardine is highly nutritious

This relatively oily fish has a strong, distinct smell and taste. It is highly nutritious, as its meat is high in proteins and healthy fatty acids. Therefore sardines have been feeding millions of people in the Mediterranean and around the world for centuries.

Sardines can change Sex

They live up to seven years, reaching sexual maturity at about 11 centimetres in length. Sardines can even change sex at just the right time in order to increase the number of fertilised eggs.

economically the most important fish

They are economically the most important fish in the Adriatic Sea and in the wider Mediterranean region, and in Croatia sardines together with anchovies account for more than 80% of the total catch weight.