The current status of Fluke Regulations in NJ for 2017 is in flux. According to a letter drafted by the The ASMFC Commissioners of New Jersey (March 24, 2017) - The New Jersey Commissioners of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) hereby formally appeal the February 2, 2017 approval by the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board (Board) of Addendum XXVIII (Addendum) to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
The FMP proposed would require NJ to increase the minimum landing size to 19" and decrease the bag limit to 3.
The AFSC Commisioners of New Jeresey reject this proposal for several reasons not limited to;
- Increase in Fishery Resource Waste
- Disproportionate Removal of Larger Breeding Females
- Unfairness & Inequity Among Member States
- Failure to Consider Economic and Social Impacts
- Compliance and Data Collection Issues
On March 28, 2017, Bob Martin, NJ Commisioner of Environment Protection drafted a letter to The US Department of Commerce asking in part that
'New Jersey is requesting that you stop these new regulations from going into effect and that NOAA fisheries maintain the status quo of the 2016 Recreational Harvest Limit for summer flounder.'
On February 2, 2017, the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board, part of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), approved changes to this coming year's summer flounder quota for New Jersey. It mandated a one-inch size increase to New Jersey's current recreational summer flounder minimum size limit (raising it from 18-inches to 19-inches) and decreased the possession limit from 5 fish to 3 fish. New Jersey is appealing this change.
In reaching its decision the Board did not determine or consider the potential economic impact of the new quota on the summer flounder industry in New Jersey. This survey is designed to help estimate the extent of the economic impact of these recently approved summer flounder management regulations on recreational fishing. Your responses about recent trends in harvest size, abundance, and throwback mortality will help inform future decisions that promote conservation while minimizing adverse economic impacts.
We strongly urge you to complete the survey as thoroughly and accurately as possible within the next 5 days. The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and your identity throughout remains anonymous. Nowhere is your name or email requested or captured. Your cooperation, however, is much-needed to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the results. Please know that your answers will be kept confidential.
The link to the survey is:
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection