Only Option 1 provides for 18 inches -- but with a limit of just two fish and a season of merely 59 days that would doom much of the state's party boat fleet. Tom Fote, N. J. ASMFC Governor's Appointee, feels that even the best (Option 5 with a coastwise 128-day season of three fish at a 19-inch minimum) probably won't make the required reduction.
The following press release was issued today by the DEP Rich Boornazian, Assistant Commissioner, Natural and Historic Resources, at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is announcing a reorganization plan for the state's Division of Fish Wildlife which includes new appointments in the Division, along with a special assignment to seek additional revenue sources to support the Division's mission. Upon Mr. Chanda's assumption of this position in early 2017, long-time division veteran Larry Herrighty will become Acting Director of Fish and Wildlife, pending the recommendation of the New Jersey Fish and Game Council.
Following is the background information Draft Addendum XXVIII was initiated to consider alternative management approaches for the 2017 recreational summer flounder fisheries, while also seeking to address needed reductions due to a decrease in the coastwide RHL in 2017. Anglers and interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXVIII either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment.