NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Summer Flounder Quota Harvested In Massachusetts

Date: August 11, 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 Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested.

Effective August 13, 1997, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of the 1997 calendar year. Vessel owners issued Federal permits are also reminded that they must continue to complete and submit vessel logbooks. 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 Massachusetts for the remainder of the calendar year. However, Federally permitted dealers must continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

Summer flounder regulations at 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 Massachusetts no longer has quota available, further landings in the Commonwealth by Federally permitted vessels are prohibited for the remainder of the 1997 calendar year.

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