Well stated!:thumbsup: There is no way to estimate biomass. They only "guesstimate". Ditto for the weight of flounder that were harvested during a year. I have not, nor have I ever never heard, of anyone having their catch weighed. The flounder regs. make no sense at all.I have spoken with some educated people about fluke, bass, tuna, etc... and the science behind fisheries management is vague at best. The variables that influence fisheries from year to year are so vast that the best hypothesis is just that.... I think that commercial netting of all the fluke during the winter is the pink elephant in the room.
My thought is we are killing more fish then we think. All the throw backs we all catch and release you wonder what the survival rate really is with the undersized fish. Just a thought.How at a 16" size limit could we grow the biomass but at 18" we can only maintain the same?
Yes, the TOTAL tonnage quota goes up nearly every other year but that increase mostly goes to the commercial sector. The feds admit that the biomass is increasing very well but they wont tell us where it needs to be. They say "there are more flounder...but not as many as there should be". Basically, they wont tell us where the end is. In my opinion, they are phasing out the recreational guy and expect us to BUY flounder at the supermarket.Im fully aware that 20% of our throwbacks go toward are quota & the higher the size limit the more throwbacks..ugh..
Has the comm tonage gone up in the last 10 years? If not what are we growing the biomass to?