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As with lobsters, for conservation purposes it is better to eat the small ones and release the big ones. Laws are often irrational. Small sea critters have poor survival rates anyway, but the big breeders matter for the future.
Rational and effective conservation law would be to keep the small ones and throw back the big ones.
Fish, like insects, reproduce by vastly over-producing young with the 'expectation' that most won't survive. This is the opposite strategy from many mammals (and certainly humans) where
producing a few young and conserving as many as possible is the norm.
The over production strategy works especially well when conditions are variable year to year because the population can balloon in a single season.