Big Fish Reproduction
By Elliott Stark
In human terms, the size of the person has little bearing on how many kids she will have per pregnancy. In the world of fisheries reproduction, however, the size of the female makes all the difference. Bigger is better. The size of the female correlates directly with the number of eggs produced and the biological preparedness of each individual egg to succeed. Being prepared can make all the difference to a larval fish adrift on ocean currents.
There are certain types of fish that live longer than others. Some live for decades– snapper, grouper, and blue marlin– some die off in a few years. Knowing which is which can help you decide which meet the frying pan and which are better served being released.
The importance of protecting large fish is evident in fisheries management trends as well. Find out how, and some other interesting facts, in the upcoming article. But until then, here are some things to think about.
Big fish are good for the ocean, in terms of the numbers of eggs they produce, but there are other reasons for keeping big fish in the ocean…
- Tourist dollars.
People pay lots of money to fish where there are big ones.
- Big fish usually taste bad and are smellier to clean than smaller ones.
- Killing big fish can be dangerous, and quite a bit of work