Published on 07-24-2015 06:33 PM
A memo released by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council staff on revised the earlier recommended flounder/fluke cuts downward from 43 percent to 25 percent for 2016.
In making the revision, the Council staff recognized the substantial negative impact such a reduction would have on the recreational and commercial fisheries, the seafood industry and markets and fishing communities they support.
In the memo, the staff said that the fisheries for summer flounder would not be able to effectively absorb such a large reduction in the acceptable biological catch (ABC) in one year. Such a cut would have a devastating effect on local charter and party boats, bait and tackle shops and recreational