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haddock otolith under microscope
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This haddock otolith came from a 26-inch-long haddock collected last spring during the bottom trawl survey. Otoliths (ear bones) are used to age fish. Scientists from our Population Dynamics Branch will be talking with recreational fishers at the Marine Resource Education Program's Recreational Fisheries Workshop hosted by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Our scientists will discuss fundamentals of fisheries science and fish population dynamics, including how and why they use otoliths to age fish. Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Sandy Sutherland, NEFSC
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