West coast sardine fishermen for a second straight season will have to keep their boats moored or find something else to catch.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Sunday closed the sardine fishery off Oregon, California and Washington following the second straight year of sardine population estimates that fall below the minimum abundance required to allow fishing.

The closure is likely to continue for years as the small, schooling fish species struggles to rebound from a host of factors that might have contributed to its collapse.

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