NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Virginia Summer Flounder Closure

Date: December 7, 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 Commonwealth of Virginia has been harvested.

Effective December 9, 1998, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land summer flounder in Virginia 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 Virginia for the remainder of the calendar year. Federally permitted dealers must also continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

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