Ode to our baitfish design screenprinted on the back of this tee. Heather clay tee color with royal blue sreen print.
Soft tee with very standard unisex sizing. Preshrunk
52% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% poly,
4.2 oz Tee
The Pacific Sardine is one of Califonia's most important "bait fish" or "schooling fish". Pacific sardines filter feed on plankton. Sardine and other small schooling fish are an important part of the ocean food web, being the main prey for bony fishes, seabirds, marine mammals, sharks, and pelagic invertebrates.
Conservation: It is a commercial fish in California. With high demand for canned fish, meal and oil, they were fished to commercial extinction. Strict fisheries management and improved habitat conditions, built populations back up by the 1980s however the fishery was closed in 2015, and has not reopened. Currently commercial fishing for Pacific sardines is prohibited because the population is estimated to be below a precautionary level set by managers. The gear used is selective with minimal bycatch rate and is used at the surface, with little impact on habitat.
Natural History: Found from Alaska to Baja in open waters offshore and near shore. They have high reproduction rates- broadcast spawning multiple times a year where females can release 45,000 eggs each. They are fast growing, up to 15” as an adult. They reproduce at age 1 or 2 and can live up to 13 years, but usually not past 5.
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