Fisheries managers seek Delmarva anglers’ input on flounder regulations
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control each have public hearings scheduled to gather public comment on a new proposal for summer flounder management by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
The ASMFC's Draft Addendum XXVIII seeks alternative management approaches for a coast-wide 30% reduction in the recreational harvest of summer flounder in 2017. This comes after the ASMFC says a 2016 stock assessment estimated the flounder population as lower than previously expected and fishing mortality higher than it had been in recent years.
According to the the addendum, the commission is considering several different management options to meet reduction goals, including coast-wide size limit increases for flounder and more consistency among different states' possession and size limits.
Delaware, Maryland and Virginia all make up one region within the ASMFC's five region flounder management area up and down the Atlantic coast.
Md. DNR's public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, January 3rd at 6 PM at the Ocean Pines Library in Berlin.
VMRC's hearing will be held at 2600 Washington Ave. in Newport News on January 12th.
DNREC's public meeting is planned for January 17th at 6 PM at the DNREC Auditorium at 89 Kings Highway in Dover.
The full addendum can be read here.