Fish evolve by playing it safe

New research supports the creation of more marine reserves in the world’s oceans because, the authors say, fish can evolve to be more cautious and stay away from fishing nets.

The research suggests that by creating additional “no-take” areas, some fish will stay within marine reserves where they are protected from fishing. While other fish will move around the ocean, these less mobile fish will continue to live in the protected areas, pass this behavior on to their offspring, and contribute to future generations to increase the overall stock.

LINK (via: UBC News)

One thought on “Fish evolve by playing it safe

  1. I think this really holds a logical point. But the fact I’m pondering upon is; How the fishing community will react to this if this turns out to “no take”ing their favorite areas. :p

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