Thanks to its exposure to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea (3,500 km-long coastline), Morocco has an important stock of fishery resources. Morocco’s fish production is constantly evolving. This growth is mainly due to its flagship species, Sardina pilchardus Walbaum, of which Morocco is both the leading producer and exporter in the world.
The sardine is the most abundant and affordable species of fish in Morocco. The sardine, which belongs to the Clupeidae family, is the pride of Morocco. It can be fried, grilled, cooked in tagine, or directly consumed from the can. 
As an active member of the Sardina Pilchardus International Committee, Morocco constantly ensures the non-fraudulent use of this name in order to protect the Sardina pilchardus.
The sardine is characterised by a streamlined body, a silvery back, golden sides, and a white underbelly. The common size of the sardine varies between 15 and 20 cm and can reach a maximum size of 25 cm.