Our South African sardines are purse seine caught in the pristine, cold waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans off the South African coast (catching zone FAO 47). We are a major supplier and distributor of high-quality sardine bait to long-liners and pole-liners worldwide.

Sardine (Sardinops Sagax)

Size grading
Fish count per 5kg nett
XXL 40-45
XL 45-50
L 50-55
LM 50-60
M 55-65
MS 60-70
S 70-80
SS 80-90
SSS 90+

Only fresh, firm and first grade sardines with no broken bellies are selected. Our sardines are packed finger laid, quality guaranteed to stay on the hook, and have the best big catch potential.

The sardines are delivered daily, fresh on ice from the contract catching vessel direct to our own JV processing factory, Kwikcool, in Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha which has the capacity to grade, pack and freeze up to 40 metric tons per day.

Seasonal Availability

The sardine is caught all year, with summer and spring traditionally stronger catching period. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) manages the resource carefully, sending research vessels out at least twice a year to review the biomass. They make scientific decisions regarding the Total Allowable Catch (TAC).

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