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Taking 'big mamas' doesn't hurt resource, say scientists

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Hang out with halibut fishermen of any kind, and inevitably the question comes up: Is it OK to take the big, 200-pound plus halibut, almost always older breeding females?

It's not OK, some say. Targeting those "big mamas" takes the prime breeders out of the population.

Yes, it is OK, others say. While large females produce more eggs, they are such a small part of the total female spawning population that catching them doesn't have a major effect.

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