SAN FRANCISCO — A conservation group has sued federal West Coast fisheries managers, claiming they are letting fishermen harvest too many sardines and other small fish, while leaving too few in the ocean for salmon, whales and sea lions.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
The conservation group Oceana contends that the NOAA Fisheries Service violated provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens fisheries management act by failing to account for the needs of the ecosystem when setting the harvest limits for sardines, anchovies, mackerel and squid.
Much of the harvest goes for bait and feed used on fish farms.
Oceana is asking the court to throw out the current harvest plan and order a new one based on more detailed scientific information.