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Cannery Row

Cannery Row is a now defunct fish canning factory in the center of Monterey, California off of California State Route 1.

Cannery Row was the setting for several novels by John Steinbeck.

The cannery failed after the collapse of the fishing industry in the Monterey Bay in the mid-1950s. Before the collapse this fishery was one of the most productive in the world due to the upwelling of cold, yet nutrient-rich water from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean which is funneled to the surface via the vast underwater Monterey Canyon.

Today the area around Cannery Row is a marine sanctuary and is home to a large resurgent population of California sea lions.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located along Cannery Row.