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Sardine Sustainability

Species We Sell

Atlantic Herring

photo by Bartlomiej Stroinski



Sustainable Sardines at a Glance:

  • The North American Atlantic Herring fishery is strictly managed by the USA and Canada to maintain healthy fish populations and marine environments for years to come.
  • Our Brisling source is in the process of MSC certification and is fished well below sustainable limits.
  • Our sardines are traceable back to their fishing vessel and location.

Atlantic Herring

Atlantic Herring is in all of Brunswick's products in Canada.

European Pilchard (Sardina pilchardus)

Clover Leaf's Skinless Boneless Sardines are Product of Morocco, caught in the Baltic Sea.

Regulatory Bodies

Because the resource is located in waters that are subject to federal jurisdiction in Canada and combined federal & state jurisdiction in the United States, the Atlantic herring fishery is supervised by a number of regulatory authorities.


Conservation Measures

The following measures work together to ensure that the Atlantic Herring fishery will remain healthy for generations to come.



In Canada, the harvesting of fish in the waters off Atlantic Canada is primarily regulated by the DFO through the Fisheries Act (Canada) and the Atlantic Fishery Regulations (1985) made under that Act. These regulations provide for the registration of vessels and fishermen and for the issuance of licenses to catch specific species of fish.



Clover Leaf's Brisling Sardines are sourced from King Oscar, who fish for brisling in the Baltic Sea. King Oscar is engaged with a number of third-party organizations to ensure the sustainability of their fisheries, including the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).

Brisling are fished well below their established Total Allowable Catch (TAC) level, meaning that they will be available for generations to come. To read more about King Oscar's fishery management, click here.