Steve Fitz, owner of the fishing boat Mr. Morgan, is interviewed on his boat docked in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Fleets of unused, weathered fishing boats, shuttered processing businesses and idle fishermen have been the image of California’s once-thriving fishing towns over the past decade. But two years ago federal regulators decided to implement strict “catch shares,” or fishing quotas, along the Pacific Coast after seeing the management technique help fisheries rebound in other places. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — After one of the West Coast’s most valuable commercial fisheries was declared an economic disaster in 2000, California and other Pacific states saw more boats being sold and more fishermen looking for work.
But federal statistics show the first signs of a comeback among these so-called Login to read more