According to the press communiqué colder ocean temperatures in San Deigo forced fish to seek warmer waters and thus local fishermen are blaming it on La Nina. Tim Mulcahy, who has been a commercial fisherman for 40 years, catching mostly swordfish and tuna, is of view that this is one of their worst seasons ever. He added that this year, those fish have moved to warmer waters.
He also told that they are at 10 percent of their normal fishing catch. Mulcahy said in a normal year, he’ll catch two to three swordfish per night. This year, he has caught a total of four. The local sport fishing industry has also been hurt as well. Chuck Taft, a sport fisherman, said that this is probably one of the five worst years they ‘ve ever had down here in San Diego. For those who simply like to eat fish, the price of fish has risen.Steve Foltz of Chesapeake Fish Company said it is “simply because of the lack of production.
This year, Chesapeake Fish Company had to import a lot of the fish that are typically caught locally.