NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

New York Summer Flounder Commercial Quota Closure on November 1, 1999

Date: October 22, 1999

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 New York is projected to be harvested on November 1, 1999.

Therefore, effective November 1, 1999, fishing vessels issued a Federal moratorium permit for the summer flounder fishery may no longer land or possess summer flounder in New York for the remainder of the 1999 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 New York for the remainder of the calendar year. Federally permitted dealers must also continue to report all fish purchases from any vessel.

This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the

National Marine Fisheries Service

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