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Sprat (Sprattus Sprattus)
A small silver fish found in the North East Atlantic - and a member of the herring family. The sprat has an oily-texture, and is a member of the herring family; growing up to 15 cm in length. It is best treated in the same way as a sardine - so grilled or fried, and like the sardine is a favourite of the canning industry. The fry are eaten as whitebait. Smoked sprats are becoming increasing popular. See 'Whitebait '