The California fishing industry appears to be on the upswing.
After overfishing and conservation efforts limited the catch for fishermen in recent years, those who ply the seas are now enjoying bigger hauls and raking in more profits, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Some fishermen who were initially skeptical of tighter regulations say they now see the benefit of the curbs, and towns along the Pacific Coast that depend on fishing are enjoying a rebound, the Associated Press reported.
"A lot of people were losing money, and on average, the fleet as a whole was losing money," Frank Lockhart of the National Marine Fisheries Service told the AP. But "they were able to turn that around, and more people are making more money."
The West Coast groundfish fishery yielded $54 million in 2011, according to federal regulators, compared with a average of $38 million in the preceding five years.