New Flounder Ban Coming September 2019

New Flounder Ban Coming  September 2019

New Flounder Ban Coming September 2019 Featured

By / Local News / Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:52

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has announced flounder fishing  will be off-limits starting September 4th. On August 23rd, the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission adopted the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Amendment Two as proposed by the Division of Marine Fisheries, giving the director of the Division of Marine Fisheries flexibility with the commercial and recreational seasons so long as they meet the statutorily required harvest reductions.

According to the DMF, "The Division of Marine Fisheries anticipates issuing a proclamation next week that closes the commercial and recreational season around Sept. 4. The most recent coast-wide (North Carolina to the east coast of Florida) stock assessment for Southern Flounder determined the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring. Reductions in total removals of southern flounder are required by state law to achieve a sustainable harvest, end overfishing within two years and recover the stock from an overfished condition within a 10-year period. Management measures to meet these requirements have been developed for consideration by the Marine Fisheries Commission for implementation before fall 2019 and are found in draft Amendment 2."

According to the DMF, the implementation of the management strategy recommend in the amendment is, "... critical to successful rebuilding of the southern flounder stock, so management actions can be implemented during the 2019 calendar year and reducing harvest is not delayed while more comprehensive strategies are developed for Amendment 3. Management measures such as quotas, slot limits, changes in the size limit, additional gear changes and species-specific management can all be examined in Amendment 3, scheduled for completion in 2021. These are not considered feasible options to address sustainable harvest in draft Amendment 2 due to the accelerated timeline."

It's unclear when the ban will expire, but it's anticipated it will run until sometime in the summer of 2020.


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