Contact: Cindy Yeast
The Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
Caption: Dr. Demian Chapman led a study of winter flounder in six bays of Long Island, N.Y., one of the first that indicates the occurrence of inbreeding in a marine fish. The scientists also determined that the effective number of breeders in each bay was below 500 fish, suggesting that the spawning populations of this historically common fish are now relatively small in the area.
Credit: School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University
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