VANCOUVER — A commercial sardine fishery has collapsed on the B.C. coast, reports The Vancouver Sun.
Humpback whales that typically feed on sardines, and are normally spotted off the West Coast of Vancouver Island, were rarely seen this year. “Humpbacks are telling us that something has changed,” Jim Darling, a Tofino, B.C.-based whale biologist with the Pacific Wildlife Foundation, was quoted as saying by The Vancouver Sun.
“Ocean systems are so complex; it’s really hard to know what it means. For one year, I don’t think there’s any reason to be alarmed, but there is reason to be curious.”
Overfishing and climate change are a couple explanations for the sardine collapse.