Species catalogue


Order Clupeiformes
Family Clupeidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Long body with oval section, covered with large, easily removable scales. Superior position in mouth (lower jaw is more developed than upper jaw). Clearly striated operculum. Without lateral line. Forked caudal fin. Greenish or bluish back, silvery ventrally.

FAO code
Sardina pilchardus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 1: Africa - Inland waters
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 4: Asia - Inland waters
  • Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
Fishing seasons
may jun jul aug sep
International denominations
Germany Sardine
China 沙丁鱼
France Sardine européenne
Italy Sardina
Portugal Sardinha
United Kingdom Sardine
Japan Sappa-rui
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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