Feds slash sardine harvest

Feds slash sardine harvest

Federal fisheries managers cut the upcoming West Coast sardine harvest by two-thirds out of concern the fish population is significantly dwindling due to climatic conditions.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 7-6 Sunday in Costa Mesa, Calif., to set the commercial harvest level for California, Oregon and Washington at 5,446 metric tons for the first six months of 2014, down from 18,073 metric tons for the same period in 2013.

Harvests are valued at $9 million to $15 million a year. Most of the fish are exported to Asia, where some are canned and others are used as tuna bait.

Read more at The Register-Guard.