What Happened to all the Sardines in the Pacific?

A sardine fishery on the Pacific is an iconic endeavor, like corn farming in Iowa, shrimping in Louisiana or cod fishing in New England. But like any of those, it has had severe ups and downs in the past century, documented most famously in Cannery Row, written by John Steinbeck and set in Monterey. The collapse of the sardine stocks in the 1950s rebounded by the 1990s, but new environmental challenges have led to a dramatic turn this year: both the current and the upcoming sardine seasons in Washington, Oregon and California are being shut down.

Due to an almost absurd collapse in the numbers of sardines, last week, officials officially canceled the next sardine season, which was set to begin July 1. Sardine fishermen have licenses to fish in particular stretches of the calendar; the current season goes until June 30. But the AP reports that the NOAA has also officially shut down the current season. All the sardines that’ll be caught this summer have already been caught.
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