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 Fremantle sardines are individually quick frozen (IQF) whole or sold as butterflied fillets.
Strong flavoured with soft flesh, sardines are great for breakfast on toast with avocado and squeeze of lemon, also great cooked Mediterranean style.
Available as natural fillets or coated in a breadcrumb. Fillets are packed in random amounts on small trays.
Marinated fillets are also available.