NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

State Conservation Equivalent Summer Flounder Recreational Measures

Date: September 24, 1999

Dear Summer Flounder Vessel Permit Holder:

This letter notifies you of the waiver of the annual Federal summer flounder recreational measures. A determination from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission states all of states included in the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan have implemented conservation equivalent recreational management measures for 1999. Therefore, effective 0001 hours September 27, 1999, through December 31, 1999, the annual Federal recreational summer flounder management measures are waived and the following conservation equivalent recreational measures are approved for each state affected. Harvests in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) must comply with requirements in the state of landing.

Minimum Size (inches) Possession Limit Open Season
Massachusetts 15 8-fish May 29 - Sept.11
Rhode Island 15 8-fish May 29 - Sept.11
Connecticut 15 8-fish May 29 - Sept.11
New York 16 8-fish Jan.1 - Dec.31
New Jersey 15.5 8-fish May 15 - Oct.11
Delaware 15 8-fish Aug.8 - July 15







May 8 - Dec.31

Apr.15 - Nov.30

Potomac River Fisheries Comm. 15 4-fish May 1 - Dec.31
Virginia 16 8-fish Aug.1 - July 24
North Carolina 15 8-fish Jan.1 - Dec.31

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the

National Marine Fisheries Service

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