BABY FISH AS HUMAN FOOD

Several species of fish are utilized for human food as baby fish. Baby fish are caught with seines and tow nets in several parts of the world, i.e. Europe and Asia, and utilized as food for humans. These fish are caught as babies then cleaned, boxed and shipped for consumers. This is the case of the ‘bianchetto’ fishery, in Italy, targeting sardine (Sardina sp. or Sardinella sp.) babies and juveniles (See: Sardine). The transparent goby (Aphia minuta) fishery (See: Goby), though primarily targeting this tiny goby species also includes huge amounts of sardine babies. There is an anchovy (Engraulis spp.) baby fishery (See: Anchovy) in South Korea which utilizes vast amounts of baby anchovies. Below is a photo of the boxes as they were received and a photo of the baby fish in a box, as received.

Photo by Jung Chun Pak, Seoul, South Korea

To the right is a photo of a fresh box of baby anchovies, as received, and recently purchased. Above is a photo of the outside of the box in which the baby anchovies were received. The box of anchovies was purchased from Kum-il Co-op Fisheries in South Korea. The Korean printing has been translated into English for English speaking viewers.

See: Anchovies

Photo by Jung Chun Pak, Seoul, South Korea