There are two species of sardines found in Western Australia – Pilchard – Sagax neopilchardus & Scaly mackerel Sardinella lemuru with approximately 20-50 fish/kg.
Sardines are schooling species which are caught using the purse seine method from the waters of Cape Leeuwin to the South Australian Border.
Food grade sardines are individually quick frozen (IQF) as whole fish.
Strong flavoured with soft flesh, sardines are great for breakfast on toast with avocado and squeeze of lemon, also great cooked Mediterranean style.
Commonly used as bait by recreational fishers in a 2kg block.