The Shutdown Shows That Government Scientists Are Vital

The Shutdown Shows That Government Scientists Are Vital
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Instead of figuring out how many Pacific hake fishermen can catch sustainably, as his job demands, scientist Ian Taylor is at home with his four-month old daughter, biding his time through the partial government shutdown.

Taylor's task is to assess the size and age of hake and other commercially harvested fish species in the productive grounds from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska.

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