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In our health conscious society the emphasis is on consuming nutritious foods low-calorie foods which will improve our health We can find these very things in sardines offering protein minerals vitamins and cholesterol-reducing Omega 3 fatty acid This Omega 3 fatty acid aids in the prevention of heart attack and stroke Sardines also known as whitebait got their name from the Island of Sardinia located in the Mediterranean Sea Whitebait is a somewhat generic term that includes all tiny fish specific kind of fish being indifferent Known as sardines when young they are actually pilchards a member of the herring gamily there are at least twenty different species being canned currently The anatomy of the sardine consists of a single dorsal fin a forked caudal fin and spiny scales running along the belly A sardine grows up to fourteen inches long and can weigh up to five ounces They have a silvery color and some species have dark spots along their sides Sardines are coastal fish they travel in schools in numbers of hundreds of thousands to millions Their large number and rapid movement protect them against predators They migrate between feeding and spawning habitats over a twelve-month period A sardines natural life span is typically twelve to thirteen years but can be up to twenty five years Before transportation was modernized fresh seafood was based solely on local availability American Indians harvested sardines along the coast of Maine using brushwood traps a method similar to the Indians was used by the commercial fisherman in Maine The fishermen were curers as well as the packers The process began after the fish were caught and washed then they were packed in small pine boxes where salt was placed between each layer and last a weight was placed on the box to force out air During the eighteenth century King George IV had his household stocked with whitebait At the same time military travelers and the poor
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