NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Maine Summer Flounder Quota Reached

Date: March 17, 1998

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 Maine has been harvested.

Effective March 20, 1998, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in Maine for the remainder of the 1998 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 Maine for the remainder of the calendar year. However, Federally permitted dealers must continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

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