SACRAMENTO (AP) — Federal fishery managers voted Monday to keep the U.S. West Coast Pacific sardine fishery closed for the upcoming commercial season.
This will be the third year in a row there have not been enough sardines to support a fishery.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: California Restaurants Expect Rebound To Take Years
Sardines were a thriving fishery on the West Coast from World War I through World War II. But their numbers, and the fishery, crashed in the late 1940s.
The conservation group Oceana lauded the decision.READ MORE: Mountain Lion Seen Wandering San Francisco Bernal Heights, Portola Neighborhoods
Oceana officials say leaving more sardines in the water before fishing is allowed to occur will help ensure there is enough of the critical food for wildlife while allowing the sardine population to rebuild more quickly.
Much of the catch, landed from Mexico to British Columbia, is exported to Asia and Europe, where some is canned and the rest goes for bait.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Police Believe Multiple Shooters with High-Capacity Weapons Fired On Party Bus in Fatal Oakland Freeway Shooting
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