WEnt to web site and found the 2013 Recommendations, read it and weep.
2013 Staff Recommendation
Staff recommend a coastwide measure of 16.0 inch TL minimum size, 3 fish possession limit, and
coastwide season from May 1 to September 30, 2013 based on analyses from the constructed dynamics
equations developed by Dr. John Ward. A coastwide measure for both state and Federal waters would
reduce the complexity of the regulations (particularly in shared waters/bays). In addition, MRIP harvest
estimates are always progressively less precise at lower levels of stratification; therefore, the data would
be more precise when used at the coastwide level.
If conservation equivalency is instead selected (although not staff recommended), then a non-preferred
coastwide measure and a precautionary default measure must be identified. The non-preferred coastwide
measures would be comprised of an identical minimum fish size, possession limit, and season, for 2013,
to be implemented by all states and in federal waters. The precautionary default measures are defined as
the set of measures that would achieve at least the highest percent reduction for any state on a coastwide
basis. It is intended to be an unappealing measure for any state to implement. The Commission would
require adoption of the precautionary default measures by any state that either does not submit a summer
flounder management proposal to the Commission’s Summer Flounder Technical Committee, or that
submits measures that are determined not to achieve the required level of reduction for that state. Staff
recommends a non-preferred coastwide measure of 16.0 inch TL minimum size, 3 fish possession limit,
and coastwide season from May 1 to September 30, 2013. In addition, if conservation equivalency is
chosen, staff recommends default measures that include a 20.0 inch TL minimum size, 2 fish possession
limit, and coastwide season from May 1 to September 30, 2013. This default is likely to be more
restrictive than any measure an individual state will implement in 2013.