Fisheries Managers Cast Doubt on Sardine Survey Methods
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The (Long Beach) Press Telegram] by Sandy Mazza
Fishing for Pacific sardinesin California has been banned for the third consecutive year.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Monday afternoon in Sacramento to close the fishery through June 30, 2018, because the population limit of 150,000 metric tons wasn't met.
Researchers estimate that only about 87,000 metric tons of the oil-rich fish are now swimming around off the coast.
The decision blocks commercial fishers in San Pedro, Long Beach and elsewhere across the West Coast from anything other than small numbers of incidental takes. While sardines ...
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