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2018 Quotas

2018 Annual Summer Flounder Specifications (January 1-December 31)

Overfishing Limit (OFL) 18.69 million lb
Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) 13.23 million lb
Commercial Annual Catch Limit (ACL)
and Annual Catch Target (ACT)*
7.51 million lb
Recreational ACL and ACT 5.53 million lb
Commercial Quota* 6.44 million lb
Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL) 4.42 million lb

*Incorporates reductions for 2016 overages. The initial 2018 commercial ACL/ACT was 7.70 million lb and the initial 2018 commercial quota was 6.63 million lb.

Research Set-Aside:  0 lb

2018 State Commercial Summer Flounder Allocations

State Percent  Share Initial Commercial Quota (lb) Adjusted Commercial Quota (lb)**
Maine 0.05 3,152 3,061
New Hampshire 0.0005 30 30
Massachusetts 6.82 451,998 404,742
Rhode Island 15.68 1,039,326 996,373
Connecticut 2.26 149,579 145,268
New York 7.65 506,773 492,169
New Jersey 16.72 1,108,381 1,076,440
Delaware 0.02 1,179 -48,493
Maryland 2.04 135,133 131,239
Virginia 21.32 1,412,682 1,371,972
North Carolina 27.44 1,818,862 1,766,447
Total 100.00 6,627,096 6,387,743

**These quota values include 2016 and preliminary 2017 quota overages.  These quota values do not include 2018 quota transfers, please check the quota monitoring page for these updates.