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Sprat is abundant species all over the Baltic Seat except brackish bay areas. It is forming large shoals in the areas where waters of different salinity are mixing.
Sprat does no make very distant migrations. During wintering period it stays in depth of 70 - 100 m, going to warmer upper layers in spring and summer, and retreating to depth in autumn.
Spawning period of sprat is from March to August.
It mostly feeds on pelagic crustaceans. And this is one of the commercially most important species in Latvia.
Sprat (Sprattus sprattus balticus)
Sprat (Drawing: Tadas Dijokas)