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Fish body shape holds key to make fishery management cheaper, easier

20:00 EDT 24 Jul 2018 | AAAS

(Smithsonian) A simple body-shape analysis can reveal what part of the ocean a fish came from, according to a new study from Smithsonian scientists working to develop better tools for managing small-scale fisheries. The researchers found that body-shape analysis reliably discriminated between yellowtail snapper caught at Caribbean fishing grounds just 5 kilometers apart -- and it did so more accurately than two more costly and technology-intensive techniques.

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