Shrinking fish

Because of fishing, fish are becoming smaller and growing more slowly.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM February 24, 2005

You've probably heard the story about "the big one that got away." Someone goes out fishing and claims to have caught a monster fish. There's no proof, though, because the fish managed to free itself before it could be landed.


Whether or not the story is true, the chances of catching "the big one" seem to be getting worse and worse. In response to fishing pressures, fish are becoming smaller, growing more slowly, and having a harder time reproducing, says David O. Conover of the State Univers...

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