NMFS News Release





Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930




North Carolina Summer Flounder Closure

Date: July 10, 1997

Dear Summer Flounder Dealer and Commercial Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter is to inform you that the summer flounder (fluke) commercial quota available to the State of North Carolina has been harvested.

Effective July 9, 1997, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in North Carolina for the remainder of the 1997 calendar year. Additionally, dealers issued Federal dealer permits for summer flounder are advised that they may not purchase summer flounder from Federally permitted vessels that land in North Carolina for the remainder of the 1997 calendar year.

Summer flounder regulations at 50 CFR 648.4(b) provide that Federal permit holders agree as a condition of the permit not to land summer flounder in any state that has been determined to no longer have commercial quota available. Thus, as North Carolina no longer has quota available, further landings in this State by Federally permitted vessels are prohibited for the remainder of the 1997 calendar year.



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