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Why mothers matter

Fish population growth depends on older mothers, which in some species produce more and ‘better’ offspring than younger fish. When fisheries remove the most productive females, the whole population suffers.

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Figure 1: Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) from the west coast of North America.
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Palumbi, S. Why mothers matter. Nature 430, 621–622 (2004).

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