California sardine stocks famously crashed in John Steinbeck's book Cannery Row. New research that builds on the pioneering work of Soutar and Isaacs in the late 1960s and others shows in greater detail that such forage fish stocks have undergone boom/bust cycles for centuries, with at least three species off the U.S. West Coast repeatedly experiencing steep population increases and subsequent declines long before commercial fishing began.
Natural population fluctuations in P
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