Dec 13, 2013
Canadian Pacific Fishermen Catch No Sardines in 2013
Posted on Oct 21, 2013
Commercial fishermen off the coast of British Columbia came home this fall without having caught a single sardine, an outcome that suggests a $32 million fishery has collapsed.
Half of the 50 commercial sardine licenses issued in British Columbia belong to First Nation natives. The fishery normally operates from July to November, but not this year.
“They’ve given up looking, pulled the plug,” confirmed Lorne Clayton, executive director of the Canadian Pacific Sardine Association. “It certainly was disappointing. It’s cost them time, fuel, and crew to go out and look, with no compensation.”
Aside from the apparent displacement of humpback whales, a report in The Vancouver Sun said nothing about the effects of the disappearance on the ecosystem. Clayton said ocean temperatures, tides, plankton and light all could be influencing the population.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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