On the sidelines of the “Moroccan Sardine Festival”, currently being held in many Moroccan cities, including Al hoceima, Martil, Taghazout (Agadir), Dakhla and Mehdia, the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch said that “the sardine is one of the most consumed kind of fish in the country”. Nevertheless, “fish consumption in Morocco does not exceed 12 kgs per year per capita compared to the world average which stands at 17 kgs, a very low score for a country with enormous potential in fisheries.”
The idea of the “Moroccan Sardine Festival”, as a matter of fact, is to encourage Moroccans to eat more fish, especial sardine, labelled by mainstream Moroccans as “the fish of the poor.”
Experts say that the sardine has many nutritional benefits. Its share in proteins reaches 25%, in addition to containing various beneficial elements such as vitamins and omega 3, a very important fatty acid.
The price of sardines in Morocco varies between 12 dirhams and 30 dirhams per kilogram, depending on the region/city.
The Moroccan Times.