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    Posted: 02 September 2019 at 8:01am
From DMF:
"Analysis of Division of Marine Fisheries data indicates that from 2000 to 2018, as much as 50% or more of ocean-caught recreational flounder were southern flounder, as opposed to other flounder species (this includes beach and pier fishing). Since statistical data on the for-hire charter fleet is limited and has high margins of error, the division needs more time to consider whether to separate the for-hire seasons from other recreational fishing seasons."

Then why isn't the makeup of commercially caught ocean flounder also "as much as 50% or more" southern flounder?" Different ocean??

Commercial ocean flounder fishery needs to be closed too.
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Most NC "Ocean Caught" flounder are caught up north (as far N as RI) by NC registered and owned trawlers (global warming?).  They steam up there, fish and steam back and sell it as fresh and local flounder (of which they are neither). These summer flounder are called fluke up north.  The northern geographic range of Southern flounder is thought to be NC.

Summer flounder are co-managed by ASMFC and MAFMC under a quota system and falls under the MSA, which in large part accounts for its healthy condition.  Years ago they were overfished, the MSA kicked in, and voila, healthy.  You must be federally permitted to fish.

NC landings can be found here:

Non-federally permitted boats were allowed to land up to 100 lbs (this was thought to be a bycatch allowance) so if shrimpers etc caught them they could sell them.  This has been closed by DMF but not the Summer flounder fishery managed as above.

Leaving the summer flounder open, which operates outside of the Southern flounder geographic range, does not impact the Southern flounder fishery.



Edited by chriselk - 02 September 2019 at 8:39am
The above comments are my personal opinion and do not represent those of any organizations or agencies I may be a member of.
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Understand, Chris.

Thanks.
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