Named after the Italian island Sardinina, sardines are definitely the herring family's hippest and healthiest member. A frequent ingredient in Mediterranean and Italian cooking, they offer a briny, salty burst of flavor that enriches many a dish.
A recent statement sounded alarms over declining Pacific herring stocks. Why such a big fuss over such tiny fish? As well as constituting the basis for idiosyncratic pizzas, these fish are critical forage for a great number of other marine species.