image of large vs small fish egg production

Large vs. small reef fish: Fishery management regulations such as minimum sizes allow fishermen to keep only the largest fish. As shown by the red snapper example, the largest fish produce the most eggs. One 24-inch red snapper produces the same number of eggs as 212 17-inch red snapper. So, by selectively removing the largest fish, the fishery removes the fish that have the greatest potential for producing more fish. Image courtesy of Islands in the Sea 2002, NOAA/OER.

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