This time, it’s sardines!
The term “sardine” was first used in English during the early 15th century, it comes from the Italian island of Sardinia, around which sardines were once abundant. Pilchard is another term for the same group of fishes.
Some authorities consider the sardine to mean smaller, younger, pilchards.
The FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations considers 21 species that may be classed as sardines.
Sardines feed on zooplankton, and school wherever this is abundant.
This Ecuadorian stamp is from a series on export items. It was issued on April 22, 1986 and has a Scot number of 1137a. It has a watermark of the Coat of Arms of the Ecuador Military Geographic Institute. This commemorative stamp was designed by H. Galarza Gomez and printed by Instituto Geográfico Militar, Quito.
From South Korea, this stamp comes from a 1986 fishes series.
This commemorative has a Scott number of 1418, and was issued on July 25, 1986.
The stamp has a face value of 70 South Korean won.
Though still fished commercially, the sardine business has collapsed in the United States and the United Kingdom. In the UK, what’s left of the industry is centered in Cornwall, and those are branded Cornish Sardines.
This stamp, featuring a Cornish Sardine comes from Great Britain, in a series on sustainable fish. It was issued June 5, 2014, and has a Scott number of 3299. There are variants.
This stamp has no face value, but is printed for 1st class postage.
John Steinbeck centered his novel Cannery Row in Monterey, California. It was once the sardine canning capital of the United States. The last U.S. cannery closed in 2010.
The Monterey canning industry began with salmon around the turn of the 20th century, but 1.4 million cases of sardines were being turned out by 1918 in support of the troops in World War I.
There were 500,000 printed with a face value of 600 Tunisean milim.
After the second World War, the sardine fishery collapsed, and the canneries started to close.
Today the area is a tourist destination, and sardines can be seen in the Monterey Bay Aquarium at one end of Cannery Row.