2014 Fluke Regulations
Posted February 04 2014 - 5:15 PM
Further the ASMFC disregarded the will of the public. Hearings were held in various states and there was a public comment period where the vast majority of the public opposed the regionalized plans. Additionally, the ASMFC claimed they wanted to have similar sized regulations between bordering states but all they did was shift the problem. Last year New York had a 19” size limit and New Jersey had a 17 ½” size limit despite the fact that they were fishing similar waters. This year both New York and New Jersey will have an 18” size limit. However, Delaware will have a 16” size limit. How is that fair for our boats out of Cape May that fish similar waters?
The little bit of good news today was that the ASMFC voted not to have a closed season on winter flounder. Now we just have to wait for the NJMFC to adopt that measure.
The ASMFC also voted in favor of ad hoc regional measures for sea bass as we had last year.
I am hopeful that since New Jersey under fished its target quota that we might be able to have a somewhat longer season this year but that remains to be seen.
Posted February 04 2014 - 6:21 PM
Looks like NJ has been screwed again.
This should help drive more meat fisherman away from fluke (which literally carpeted the bottom last year) and onto stripers.
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Posted February 04 2014 - 7:08 PM
If they changed sea bass to what they were proposing it would have been even worse.
4 fluke at 18"....ridiculous.
Posted February 04 2014 - 7:24 PM
Sudsey - I argee with you 100% on that.
Posted February 05 2014 - 9:05 AM
Posted February 15 2014 - 7:59 AM