Sardines may not be what's for regular seafood dinners in Los Angeles, unlike in Mumbai where there is plenty to be found at a local wholesale fish market. There is a more direct tie, however, between L.A. and Mumbai seafood supplies than a comparison of what goes onto one's dinner plate. As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, the glut of sardines in the Indian Ocean is a snapshot of greater shifts in both food provenance and distribution the world over.

As a result of a rise in temperature, sardines are becoming more common at Indian markets; the traditional maple syrup season is shortening in the United States; and England is witnessing a Mediterranean climate fit for growing olives, grapes, and apricots. These are just a few flashpoints redrawing the global map of food resources.

A small, oily fish from the herring family, sardines used to be a power player in California's commercial fishery. That was until they were almost extinct from overfishing. In L.A., a series of ebbs and flows in sardine supply has historically had a significant effect on the fishing industry. By 1905, for one thing, tuna canning had become more prominent due to a decrease of sardines, according to a timeline from the Port of Los Angeles.

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