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Can I assume by this that things will stay the same this year? We gave our under harvest to the north but our size limits/open season dates will remain the same as last year?


The following is a news release from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission:

ASMFC Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board Approves Addendum XVIII

The Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board approved Addendum XVIII to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan. The Addendum provides relief to New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts that are facing large recreational harvest reductions in their 2006 recreational fisheries. Relief comes from "savings" generated by states that have opted to maintain their 2005 recreational fishing regulations in 2006 rather than liberalizing them.

The Addendum aims to stabilize fishing rules close to those that existed in 2005, in part, to minimize the drastic reductions facing the three states. Savings will be distributed proportionately to New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts based on the percent reduction those states are required to undergo. Savings are defined as the number of fish not utilized by a state with the opportunity to liberalize its regulations. The Addendum does not alter the states' 2006 recreational harvest targets
and only applies to the 2006 summer flounder recreational specification process.

Based on the 2005 summer flounder stock assessment, the 2006 coastwide total allowable landings were significantly reduced from an expected 33 million pounds to 23.59 million pounds, resulting in smaller state recreational harvest limits than anticipated. On a coastwide basis, the recreational fishery did not harvest its entire 2005 limit, with the majority of states harvesting less than their state share. However, due to the drop in the 2006 harvest limit, it was necessary to reduce coastwide landings by 3.73 % (based on estimated 2005 landings).
 

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Saniblefisher, We can't assume anything yet. NJ regs will be set on Thursday March 2nd. If NJ decides to stay the same, NY, CT & MA will gain some fish, they will still have to reduce their harvest. If we do stay the same we will not be giving up anything.
 

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I am ok with things as they are, just do not want to step backward.

It would be nice if the season was a little longet though. There were some nice flounder offshore later in the season that had to go back.
 

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Not to mention all the big ones in the back during April that need to be thrown back! I knew this Addendum was a done deal, despite the mailings & what those said on public record. I just hope this doesn't come back to haunt us in the future!

[ 02-26-2006, 01:00 AM: Message edited by: CaptG ]
 
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