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Pacific Sardines at Risk as Their Numbers are Overfished
Pacific sardines, the small, oily fish favored by salmon, baleen whales and toothed whales, have had their population collapsed by 98 percent since 2006, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which on Friday formerly declared the West Coast population overfished.
"I would like to state for the record that the volume of sardines in the local waters from La Jolla to Dana Point has increased dramatically in recent years," [CA charter boat fisherman James] Gardner told the council. "Fish congregate in areas where the condition they like is right and the condition here has improved and the sardine stock is strong."
"That's a word we need changed for many reasons," Smith told Courthouse News. "Sardines are overfished and yet they haven't been fished for four years. We'll step up to the plate and tie our boats to the dock when we have to, but that word tends to take the spotlight off the real issues."

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by Cat on Sun Apr 14th, 2019 at 05:51:44 PM EST
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