The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board has released Draft Addendum XXIV to the Summer Flounder Fishery Management Plan for public comment.
According to ASMFC, the Draft Addendum proposes to stabilize 2013 recreational fishing rules for summer flounder close to those that existed in 2012 partly to minimize the reductions facing two states (e.g., New York and New Jersey) and partly to allow for the more equitable distribution of fishing opportunities in the 2013 season.
The proposed approach is intended to allow states to capitalize on harvest opportunities that are foregone by states that choose not to fully utilize their 2013 harvest target.
Fishermen and other interested groups can provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment.
The Draft Addendum can be obtained via wwww.asmfc.org or by contacting the Commission at 703.842.0740.
Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on April 12, 2013 and should be forwarded to:
1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N
Arlington, VA 22201
703.842.0741 (FAX) or email@example.com (Subject line: Summer Flounder).