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CAESAR SALAD, ANYONE?
IS IT A SHADOW? Is it an oil slick? No, it’s just the one of the biggest schools of anchovies seen in Southern California in
30 years. These small swimmers made their
way into the shallows of La Jolla, leaving
scientists at the nearby Scripps Institution
of Oceanography grappling for answers
as to why. While it’s not uncommon for
anchovies to enter shallow waters in large
numbers, it’s rare for them to be seen
in these numbers.
According to NOAA, northern anchovy
has been fished off the West Coast since at
least 1916. The anchovy gained traction in
the 1940s after the Pacific sardine fishery
collapsed and processors began canning
anchovies instead. Their catch increased
from 960 tons in 1946 to 43,000 tons
But then the sardine returned and the
anchovy’s popularity decreased again. But
before you run to SoCal with your nets, note
that the anchovy best known in the culinary
world is their European cousin found in the
Mediterranean and Black Seas. California’s
variety is more likely to be used as bait.
— ANN DERMODY
Surfers paddle near a huge school of anchovies
off the coast of La Jolla, California.