Marine fish can produce high numbers of eggs which are often released into the open water column. The eggs have an average diameter of 1 millimetre (0.039 in).
Fish diversity is roughly divided equally between marine (oceanic) and ecosystems. in the constitute the center of diversity for marine fishes, whereas continental freshwater fishes are most diverse in large of , especially the , , and basins. More than 5,600 fish species inhabit freshwaters alone, such that represent about 10% of all species on the Earth. Exceptionally rich sites in the Amazon basin, such as , can contain more freshwater fish species than occur in all of Europe.
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In 2011, the Commonwealth established a recreational saltwater fishing permit to comply with the Saltwater Act, a state law prompted by a federal mandate enacted to improve estimates of saltwater fishing effort and catch data. The fee for the permit was set at $10 for both residents and non-residents alike, and is free for recreational anglers who are 60 years and older. In conjunction to the permit, the Marine Recreational Fisheries Development Fund was established as a dedicated fund, to ensure a ‘user-pay/user-benefits’ program. This means that all fees collected from the sale of recreational saltwater fishing permits can only be used on approved marine recreational fishing programs.