MONTEREY, Calif. (KGO) -- Conservationists and fishermen up and down the West Coast are increasingly at odds over the disappearing sardine. The sardine fishing season has been stopped for the next 14 months. In Monterey's famous Cannery Row, the sardine industry collapsed 70 years ago. And now, history may be repeating itself.

Sal Mineo casts his nets four to five hours out from Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. But the commercial season has been declared over, two months early this season and next season as well. That goes against the 48-year-old sardine fisherman's optimistic outlook.

"Just because there's isn't any fish now, it doesn't mean there isn't going to be any fish you know a week or two weeks from now," he said.

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