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There's Hope For Big Fish After All

April 10, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

As a follow-up to our March 9 story about how scientists believe “trophy hunting” may lead to smaller fish, a recent study suggests that the shrinking of species due to over-harvesting may be temporary, and that fish can recover their larger sizes faster than thought. Wired magazine reports that while there has been an average 20% drop in animal sizes among human-hunted species, “After being left alone for just twelve generations, a population of experimentally stunted fish regained most of their original size — suggesting that the real-world dwarfism produced by continually killing the largest specimens may not be permanent.” Article by Brandon Keim. (Thanks to reader Nicholas Kingston for this link.)