Spanish Sardine (Sardinella aurita)
Habitat/distribution: all regions and seas of the Atlantic ocean, in depths of 50 to more than 400 feet.
Method of harvest: white shrimp bycatch
Season/availability: All year, but not very common, as Spanish sardines usually inhabit deeper waters than white shrimp
Size: sardines weighing 8 ounces are not very unusual, but the average is closer to four to six ounces.
Cooking characteristics: Delicious…the best little fish there is. Use whole, filleted, smoked, cured, salted, dried, marinated, fried, broiled, stuffed…