Understandably, interpretations like these, based on a sample size of 67 larvae and data from a historical longline cruise — findings that might or might not be verifiable — have generated, well, let’s say some spirited discussions in both the scientific and management communities. But even if this is true, where does it leave us from a management perspective? Stock-assessment biologists from NMFS say not any better and potentially even worse. Think about it this way: We’ve been operating under the assumption that we are dealing with a very specific spawning location and fish maturing at a relatively old age, and we’re still a long way from rebuilding the western stock with the management measures we currently have in place. If we do indeed have multiple spawning locations and fish that are maturing earlier, we are, in effect, accomplishing less with more.