DEC Announces Temporary Closure of Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery as of Sept. 15


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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has notified State-licensed commercial fishermen that New York State's marine waters will be temporarily closed to commercial summer flounder (fluke) harvest and landings as of 12:00 a.m. on Sept. 15.

DEC's Division of Marine Resources reports that internal landings and projections for Quota Period 5 (Aug. 1 - Sept. 30) show that at the current rate of harvest, New York's commercial fishermen will exceed the pounds available for Period 5, requiring a closure to prevent impacts to fishermen harvesting summer flounder later in the year and/or to prevent the State from overharvesting its 2018 federal allocation. The commercial summer flounder fishery will reopen on Oct. 1 as planned.

Albany, NY
United States