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September 12, 2020 at 7:58 am #610
Very interesting data, yet kind of disturbing as well……this data is somewhat dated ( 5-7 yrs old ) BUT my understanding of Otolith testing requires the death of the fish. Maybe this data also helped with the new fisheries management plan? Over 43% of these fish are equal/greater than the current harvest size regulations – some are way, way beyond the 14″ and true trophy, older age class, fish. Glad the new reg’s are in place – hope to see the average size of the fishery continue to grow!! Good stuff.