Traceable Species

Brisling Sardine

Sprat, Brisling, Sild

Brisling Sardine

The Bristling sardine, also known as European sprat, is a migratory, ocean-dwelling fish that can be found in the Northeast Atlantic from the North Sea southward to Morroco and the Mediterranean and Black Sea. These fish form in schools at depths between 25 to 100 metres during the day, rising to 10 to 35 metres at night.

The body of the Bristling sardine is bright silver and nearly cylindrical, with a rounded belly. It is usually cooked whole once gutted, and is great on the barbeque. 

Brisling Sardine

The Bristling sardine breeds at 20 to 25 metres below sea level, ranging from the shore to as far as 100 km out to sea. They breed in April in the English Channel, June to August in the North and Black Seas, September to May off the European coasts of the Mediterranean, and November to June off the African coasts of the Mediterranean. The Bristling sardine feeds mainly on planktonic crustaceans, but also larger organisms.

Food Info Brisling Sardine


  • Colour: whitish 
  • Texture: delicate small flakes
  • Flavour: a delicate flavour while larger sardines have a fuller, oilier flavour. 
Species Range
Brisling Sardine range Source:
These crabs mate at the time of maturity, which is approximately 3 years of age. Females are smaller than males; this is because the development of reproductive tissues required more energy for females, leaving less energy available for continued body growth. They grow through a process known as molting—regularly shedding their shell and growing a new, larger one. They continue to molt and grow after they have reached sexual maturity. During the breeding season, the crabs leave their borrows in a phenomenon characterized by mass mate-searching events. Once mating/fertilization has occurred, females spawns in the water. The larvae released during the rainy season develop in offshore waters and return to coastal waters five to eight weeks after larval release.
Mangrove crabs are important fishery resources in all Brazilian coast, mainly in the north and northeast where many fishermen depend upon their catch. In addition to its social and economic importance, the mangrove crab is a “keystone” species in ecosystem, they playing an important role in the processes of nutrient cycling and energy transfer.

Fishing Methods

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Mid-water Pair Trawl

This fishery uses a large cone-shaped net that is towed simultaneously by two vessels at the appropriate level in the water column to catch schools of sardines. The two vessels synchronize their speed and distance apart to keep the net open.


Featured Harvester Bernie Berry

Mangrove Crab Harvester

Canavieiras, Brazil

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