Last US sardine cans being packed in Maine

In this Thursday, April 8, 2010 photo, sardines travel down the canning line at the Stinson sardine cannery in Gouldsboro, Maine. The sardine cannery, the last one operating in the U.S., will shut down this week. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

April 14, 2010 5:24:24 AM PDT
The intensely fishy smell of herring has been the smell of money for generations of workers in Maine who have snipped, sliced and packed the small, silvery fish into billions of cans of sardines on their way to Americans' lunch buckets and kitchen cabinets.