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Posted on March 11 at 10:06 a.m.
Pierhead,You are absolutely correct. It was a simple miscommunication with the reporter. I know my wrasses very well - I studied wrasse species for about fifteen years. Our sheephead are amazing - females literally undergo a physical change and become males. This happens based on size - in the absence of a male, the largest female will change sex. So, if the size our a sheephead population is reduced for whatever reason, the size of mature reproductive individuals is significantly impacted. In most marine animals, including sheephead, the amount of babies they produce is directly correlated with their size. That means if we lose more and more of the larger fish, we lose more and more the potential for more fish.That's a bummer for both the fishermen and the fish.
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