Certifier : 
Bureau Veritas Certification
Certified status : 
Certified since : 
30 Jul 2010
Certificate expires : 
18 Jul 2022


There are 20 active vessels in this fishery, which is located from 0-12 nautical miles offshore in the Bay of Biscay, France. It was first certified in 2010.

The Bay of Biscay sardine measures 13 to 25cm and has a lifespan of up to 10 years. Sexual maturity is reached at a size of between 10 and 20cm and the species spawns throughout the year, with two peaks in spring and in autumn/winter. Individuals from spawning in spring and autumn are mature in spring and autumn respectively of the next year.

Purse seining is a preferred technique for capturing fish which gather close to the surface. The sardines caught in this fishery are mostly 10 and 20cm in size, with the smaller size being well suited to the cannery market, and the larger size to the fresh fish market. The 10/20 category, targeted by purse seiners, corresponds to adults with a size greater than 17cm.

 Brittany sardine fisherman image © Margaux Favret / MSC