t OZTICE OF IWZ COOIWWLTOR OF F’ISIiERIES
For Immediate Felease To A& THUILSW, OCTWEZ 5, 1944
The season’s landings of Pacific sardines at northern California ports
totaled 82,715 tons by September 16, or about 22 percent below landings for the
same period last year, the Office of the Coordinator of Fisheries reported to&y.
The landings reported were mede duriw a period of approximately six weeks
since the season opened in northern California August 1. The sardine fishing
seascn from the southern ports of San Pedro and San Diego legally opened October 1.
Some decline in the catch tZ.s year had been expected, officials of the
Coordinetor~s Office said, on the basis of predictions 3 federal biologists that
the fish would be relatively scarce. The sardine population has recently experi-enced
a series of poor spawning seasons, with no important numbers of young fish
added to the stock since 1939.
a Sard.ines spawn during the late winter and spring over a 1nfid.e coastal area
extending from near shore out to 200 miles or more offshore. As the young fish
gXW, they must compete with each other for food. Since tine available supply of
marine food organisms varies greatly from year to year, the death ra.tc? of young
sardines also shorR% tremendous vo.ria.tions.
The feet that the past summer yN.as an unusuallg cold. one on the California
coast also has 2. bearing on ti=e >;oor catches made by sardine fishermen, according
to the Coordinetor’s Office. For some reason not entirely understood, the fish
are harder to find when the bs70.tei*is cold.
The Pacific sardine, ~1s~ czlled the pilchard, is the n2Sti’cnrs most important
fish in txms of the tonn,age Lx-&d, normKl.ly risking up -about on-f ourth.hf the total
U. S. catch of fish a.nd shellfish,
r\ecause of the great Importance of the sardine catch as a source of canned
fish, aieal and oil for ~..nimal Zeedirg, arid pi.1 for industrial purposes, this
fisi:zYy is operatins under a c.0z di.n:~t:;~d rrodY; ,:i-,i on -&an adminT-stered by the
Cf’f-:.,-e af C,fie Co~rfimtcr of I;..‘.!;fi.erj 2; f’c;Y th:: seccrk? consecu.t?.Ve yeax, The pUr-
P :‘ EL, 31’ ‘;:13 p1a.n is to obtei;l tha :TL,~.~~xJp.zro~& lotion noshible -:Mer current ccn -
ti 7 :iozs: to insxe a smootL I”1 3~ of risk into th? varfoxs cannirg and processing pa ;;l!u $ , ~+,?:xto! obtain a prqxx division Setween cann.ed. fish, meel, and c-1.
is of September 16 this year, LX), X7 cases of canned sardines h& been
packe.5, cc.mpared with 561,819 cases packed from the larger catch by the same date
las I; year,
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