West Coast sardine fishing may be shut down

There is evidence that the stock is declining

A child looks over a day's catch of sardines at the Hout Bay Harbour near Cape Town, South Africa, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A child looks over a day's catch of sardines at the Hout Bay Harbour near Cape Town, South Africa, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

UNDATED (AP) — West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year in the face of evidence that the stock is declining.

The commercial fishing fleet hopes that the Pacific Fishery Management Council will not be so concerned that they shut down other fisheries, such as mackerel and anchovies.

However, the conservation group Oceana wants an immediate shutdown. The group says this would leave food in the ocean for sea lions and other wildlife and speed the rebuilding process for sardines.

The council meets later this month.

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