Sardines: Though one of the major Australian fisheries (Australian Sardines account for the highest individual catch of a single species by volume in Australia), the majority of the catch is processed for canning, petfood or fishmeal, with the main buyer being the Southern Bluefin Tuna farms of SA.
AMCS (Aust Marine Conservation Society) cite concern over dolphin interactions in SA and the impact of catches on seabirds and mammals, as sardines are an important food resource. Natural fluctuations in sardine abundances can make setting catch quotas difficult, although they are recognised as a robust species able to replenish populations quickly when conditions are favourable.
Sardines are one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 fatty acids and are also one of the richest sources of vitamin B12 in the world, second only to beef liver.
Sardines are a GoodFishBadFish favourite, giving them the tick of approval. The @AustMarConsSoc says SAY NO to wild caught sardines from WA, and YES to those caught in commonwealth waters and SA.
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