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Control Union (UK) Limited
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18 Jun 2010
Certificate expires : 
28 Aug 2022


Sardines are found along the continental shelf of the eastern North Atlantic, from Senegal to the British Isles and across the Mediterranean. 

Small boats, usually with a skipper and two crew, use ring nets and drift nets to fish for sardines from July to April. They operate in traditional fishing areas within six miles of the coast of Cornwall. 

Once on board the boat, Cornish sardines are put on ice to maintain quality and freshness. The sardines are sold to merchants and fish processors either directly from the vessel or at an auction market.

The sardine fishery was recertified in 2017. 

Image © Claire Pescod, MSC