Sardine prices likely to be on the way up Sardine prices could be moving higher over the coming weeks as packers report a shortage of suitable raw material, due to poor catches off Morocco and Portugal. Recent landings in Portugal have been fetching higher than normal prices in the fresh market, which, according to retail sources, is taking more product. Most fresh or chilled retail fish counters now offer sardines all the year round. Canners who have held stocks of frozen raw material will not be affected, but much of this goes to African markets where quality takes second place to price. The situation is unlikely to improve until the New Year but consumer demand falls away during the Christmas period, so it is unlikely that there will be any out of stock problems. {{CANNED GOODS }}