NMFS News Release

Northeast Regional Office
One Blackburn Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930

Date: March 30, 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 Maine has been harvested.

Effective March 30, 1999, 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 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 Maine 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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