The Atlantic silverside or sandsmelt is a slender, round, oily marine fish which grows up to18 cm (7”). It is long with a translucent green back and silver bands lengthways along the sides and caught in estuaries along the coast of the eastern United States. It is usually deep-fried or grilled. In the United States these are often called whitebait. When tiny they are treated in the same way as whitebait in the UK.