Fisheries Managers Call Off The West Coast Sardine Fishing Season

Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years.

Meeting near Santa Rosa, Calif., the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Sunday to close the season starting July 1.

The council also is considering whether overfishing has been a factor in the latest collapse, which could trigger

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