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The Cornish Sardine Management Association is a group of Cornish fishermen and processors who came together in 2004 to agree common standards between themselves for catching, processing and marketing Cornish Sardines.

click here to listen to a recent BBC interview on the "reinvention of the Pilchards"

The aims of the Association are:

  • to maintain the quality of the catch
  • instil methods to protect the stocks
  • manage and record the catches, and,
  • to develop the marketing of the product.

The advisory committee welcomes both Defra and Cornwall Sea Fisheries Committee representatives and they have been assisting the Association to collate catch data, produce historical records and help to put forward an application for Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status within the EU for the Cornish Sardine fishery.