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Read this before eating that plate of fish

To the editor: Last year, a study came out in the journal Animal Cognition that found that fish live in complex social groups, develop cultural traditions, can use tools, recognize themselves and others and learn by watching what other fish do. ("Bigger consumer demand can help save a West Coast fishery," op-ed, March 2)

Puffer fish make art on the seafloor in order to attract mates, orange-dotted tuskfish use rocks to crack open clamshells, and coral groupers work together with moray eels and Napoleon wrasses to flush prey fish out of tiny crevices in coral reefs.

Instead of saving fisheries, I'm more concerned about saving the fish — which is why I don't eat them.

Rebecca Fenson, San Francisco

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