Sardines

A very healthy fish packed full of Omega – 3 and polyunsaturated fats. These are a great choice for health and sustainability.  Problem being they are not so versatile, good for baking or frying but have many small bones in them.

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Sardines
Sardines are small epipelagic fish that sometimes migrate along the coast in large schools. They are an important forage fish for larger forms of marine life.
Global commercial capture of sardines in tonnes
reported by the FAO 1950–2009[1]

"Sardine" and "pilchard" are common names used to refer to various small, oily fish within the herring family of Clupeidae.[2] The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant.[3][4]

The terms "sardine" and "pilchard" are not precise, and what is meant depends on the region. The United Kingdom's Sea Fish Industry Authority, for example, classifies sardines as young pilchards.[5] One criterion suggests fish shorter in length than 15 cm (6 in) are sardines, and larger fish are pilchards.[6] The FAO/WHO Codex standard for canned sardines cites 21 species that may be classed as sardines;[7]FishBase, a comprehensive database of information about fish, calls at least six species "pilchard", over a dozen just "sardine", and many more with the two basic names qualified by various adjectives.

Genera

Sardines occur in several genera

Species

Commercially significant species
Genus Common name Scientific name Max. length Common length Max. mass Max. age
years
Trophic
level
Fish
Base
FAO ITIS IUCN
status
cm in cm in g oz
Sardina European pilchard* Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum, 1792) 27.5 10.8 20.0 7.9 15 3.05 [8] [9] [10]
Sardinops South American pilchard Sardinops sagax (Jenyns, 1842) 39.5 15.6 20.0 7.9 490 17 25 2.43 [11] [12] [13]
Japanese pilchard[note 1] Sardinops melanostictus (Schlegel, 1846) [15] [16] [17]
Californian pilchard[note 1] Sardinops caeruleus (Girard, 1854) [18] [19] [20]
southern African pilchard[note 1] Sardinops ocellatus (Pappe, 1854) [21] [22] [23]
Sardinella Bali sardinella Sardinella lemuru (Bleeker, 1853) 23 9.1 20 7.9 [24] [25] [26]
Brazilian sardinella Sardinella brasiliensis (Steindachner, 1879) 3.10 [27] [28] [29]
Japanese sardinella Sardinella zunasi (Bleeker, 1854) 3.12 [30] [31] [32]
Indian oil sardine Sardinella longiceps (Valenciennes, 1847) 2.41 [33] [34] [35] Least Concern
[36]
Goldstripe sardinella Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849) 2.85 [37] [38] [39]
Round sardinella Sardinella aurita (Valenciennes, 1847) 3.40 [40] [41] [42]
Madeiran sardinella Sardinella maderensis (Lowe, 1839) 3.20 [43] [44] [45]
Dussumieria Rainbow sardine Dussumieria acuta (Valenciennes, 1847) 20 7.9 3.40 [46] [47] [48]
The European pilchard, Sardina pilchardus
In the 1980s the South American pilchard, Sardinops sagax, was the most intensively fished species of sardine. Some major stocks declined precipitously in the 1990s (see chart below).
  1. ^ a b c There are four distinct stocks in the genus Sardinops, widely separated by geography. The FAO treats these stocks as separate species, while FishBase treats them as one species, Sardinops sagax.[14]

Feeding

Sardines feed almost exclusively on zooplankton, "animal plankton", and will congregate wherever this is abundant.

Fisheries

Global capture of sardines in tonnes reported by the FAO
↑  Sardines of the Sardinops genus, 1950–2010[1]
↑  Sardines not of the Sardinops genus, 1950–2010[1]

Typically, sardines are caught with encircling nets, particularly purse seines. Many modifications of encircling nets are used, including traps or weirs. The latter are stationary enclosures composed of stakes into which schools of sardines are diverted as they swim along the coast. The fish are caught mainly at night, when they approach the surface to feed on plankton. After harvesting, the fish are submerged in brine while they are transported to shore.

Sardines are commercially fished for a variety of uses: for bait; for immediate consumption; for drying, salting, or smoking; and for reduction into fish meal or oil. The chief use of sardines is for human consumption, but fish meal is used as animal feed, while sardine oil has many uses, including the manufacture of paint, varnish and linoleum.

French sardine seiner

As food

Exhibit of a woman canning sardines at the Maine State Museum in Augusta; sardines are a component of the economy of Maine.

Sardines are commonly consumed by human beings. Fresh sardines are often grilled, pickled or smoked, or preserved in cans.

Sardines are rich in vitamins and minerals.[49] A small serving of sardines once a day can provide 13 percent of vitamin B2; roughly one-quarter of niacin; and about 150 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B12. All B vitamins help to support proper nervous system function and are used for energy metabolism, or converting food into energy.[50] Also, sardines are high in the major minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and some trace minerals including iron and selenium. Sardines are also a natural source of marine omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.[51] Recent studies suggest that regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.[52] These fatty acids can also lower blood sugar levels.[53] They are also a good source of vitamin D,[54]calcium, vitamin B12,[55][56] and protein.

Because they are low in the food chain, sardines are very low in contaminants such as mercury, relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans.[57]

History

Sardines use body-caudal fin locomotion to swim, and streamline their body by holding their other fins flat against the body.

Pilchard fishing and processing became a thriving industry in Cornwall (UK) from around 1750 to around 1880, after which it went into decline. Catches varied from year to year and, in 1871 the catch was 47,000 hogsheads while in 1877 only 9,477 hogsheads. A hogshead contained 2,300 to 4,000 pilchards and, when filled with pressed pilchards, weighed 476 lbs. The pilchards were mostly exported to Roman Catholic countries such as Italy and Spain where they are known as ″fermades″. The chief market for the oil was Bristol where it is used on machinery.[58] Since 1997, sardines from Cornwall have been sold as "Cornish sardines", and since March 2010, under EU law, Cornish sardines have Protected Geographical Status.[59] The industry has featured in numerous works of art, particularly by Stanhope Forbes and other Newlyn School artists.

In the United States, the sardine canning industry peaked in the 1950s. Since then, the industry has been on the decline. The canneries in Monterey Bay, in what was known as Cannery Row, failed in the mid-1950s. The last large sardine cannery in the United States, the Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor, Maine, closed its doors on 15 April 2010 after 135 years in operation.[60]

The traditional "Toast to Pilchards" refers to the lucrative export of the fish to Catholic Europe:

Here's health to the Pope, may he live to repent
And add just six months to the term of his Lent
And tell all his vassals from Rome to the Poles,
There's nothing like pilchards for saving their souls![61]

In popular culture

The manner in which sardines can be packed in a can has led to the popular English language saying "packed like sardines", which is used to metaphorically describe situations where people or objects are crowded closely together.[62] The British poet and comic Spike Milligan satirises this in his poem Sardine Submarine, where a sardine's mother describes the unfamiliar sight of a submarine to its offspring as "a tin full of people".[63]

'Sardines' is also the name of a children's game, where one person hides and each successive person who finds the hidden one packs into the same space until there is only one left out, who becomes the next one to hide.[64]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c Based on data sourced from the relevant FAO Species Fact Sheets
  2. ^ "What's an oily fish?". Food Standards Agency. 24 June 2004. 
  3. ^ Sardine Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Sardine". The Good Food Glossary. BBC Worldwide. 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "FAQs". Seafish. Retrieved February 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Robin Stummer (17 August 2003). "Who are you calling pilchard? It's 'Cornish sardine' to you.." The Independent. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Codex standard for canned sardines and sardine-type products codex stan 94 –1981 REV. 1–1995" (PDF). Codex Alimentarius. FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission. pp. 1–7. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  8. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardina pilchardus" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  9. ^ Sardina pilchardus (Walbaum, 1792) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  10. ^ "Sardina pilchardus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinops sagax" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  12. ^ Sardinops sagax (Jenyns, 1842) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  13. ^ "Sardinops sagax". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ Grant, W. S.; et al. (1998). "Why restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of mitochondrial DNA failed to resolve sardine (Sardinops) biogeography: insights from mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b sequences". Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 55 (12): 2539–47. doi:10.1139/f98-127. 
  15. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinops melanostictus" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  16. ^ Sardinops melanostictus (Schlegel, 1846) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  17. ^ "Sardinops melanostictus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  18. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinops caeruleus" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  19. ^ Sardinops caeruleus (Girard, 1854) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  20. ^ "Sardinops caeruleus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  21. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinops ocellatus" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  22. ^ Sardinops ocellatus (Pappe, 1854) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  23. ^ "Sardinops ocellatus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  24. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella lemuru" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  25. ^ Sardinella lemuru (Bleeker, 1853) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  26. ^ "Sardinella lemuru". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  27. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella brasiliensis" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  28. ^ Sardinella brasiliensis (Steindachner, 1879) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  29. ^ "Sardinella brasiliensis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  30. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella zunasi" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  31. ^ Sardinella zunasi (Bleeker, 1854) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  32. ^ "Sardinella zunasi". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  33. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella longiceps" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  34. ^ Sardinella longiceps (Valenciennes, 1847) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  35. ^ "Sardinella longiceps". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  36. ^ Munroe TA & Priede IG (2010). "Sardinella longiceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  37. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella gibbosa" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  38. ^ Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  39. ^ "Sardinella gibbosa". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  40. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella aurita" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  41. ^ Sardinella aurita (Valenciennes, 1847) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  42. ^ "Sardinella aurita". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  43. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Sardinella maderensis" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  44. ^ Sardinella maderensis (Lowe, 1839) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  45. ^ "Sardinella maderensis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  46. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Dussumieria acuta" in FishBase. April 2012 version.
  47. ^ Dussumieria acuta (Valenciennes, 1847) FAO, Species Fact Sheet. Retrieved April 2012.
  48. ^ "Dussumieria acuta". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  49. ^ "Fish, sardine, Pacific, canned in tomato sauce, drained solids with bone". USDA Food Composition Databases. May 2016. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  50. ^ Retrieved 22 February 2012
  51. ^ Kris-Etherton; Harris, WS; Appel, LJ; American Heart Association. Nutrition Committee; et al. (November 2002). "Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Cardiovascular Disease". Circulation. 106 (21): 2747–2757. doi:10.1161/01.CIR.0000038493.65177.94. PMID 12438303. 
  52. ^ Sharon Johnson (6 November 2007). "Oily brain food ... Yum". The Mail Tribune. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  53. ^ "Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, alpha-linolenic acid: MedlinePlus Supplements". Archived from the original on 8 February 2006. Retrieved January 22, 2010. Fish oil supplements may lower blood sugar levels a small amount. Caution is advised when using herbs or supplements that may also lower blood sugar. Blood glucose levels may require monitoring, and doses may need adjustment. 
  54. ^ "Vitamin D and Healthy Bones". New York State Health Department. November 2003. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  55. ^ "Vitamin B12". George Mateljan Foundation. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  56. ^ "Vitamin B12". EatingWell. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  57. ^ "Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish". U S Food and Drug Administration. 5 July 2009. Retrieved November 1, 2009. 
  58. ^ Buckland, Frank (26 February 1880). "Our Fisheries". The Cornishman (85). p. 6. 
  59. ^ EU Directory of PGI/PDO/TSG – Cornish Sardines profile (accessed 1/11/2010)
  60. ^ Clarke Canfield (15 April 2010). "Last sardine plant in U.S. shuts its doors". Associated Press. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  61. ^ Traditional Cornish Stories and Rhymes, 1992 edition, Lodenek Press
  62. ^ "packed like sardines", Oxford English Dictionary. Accessed 11 October 2017.
  63. ^ "Even more Spike Milligan side-splitters" Tostevin.net (2012-07-13). Retrieved 2014-02-12.
  64. ^ "Stinky Sardine Club – ITPedia". Itpedia.nyu.edu. 9 April 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 

References

External links

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sardine