You can go in person or write a letter or email. If this interests you, I would take the time.

80%, or more, of all southern flounder are landed by the commercial sector in NC. The current thought is that DMF will suggest a 72% reduction from 2017 landings for both the commercial and recreational sectors. That means the recreational sector will get about 45-day season from Aug 16 to Sept 30 with a four fish limit.

Where the recreational angler needs to be really concerned is there is a push from the for-hire sector to split the recreational quota giving the guides a longer season. Those fish will come from the recreational sector quota thereby either reducing the individual angler's season or bag limit, or both. This is not a path the recreational sector needs to go down- it's a quagmire that will divide the rec sector. What's next if flounder- to speckle trout and red drum? Stripers? This has happened in the Gulf on red snapper and it's been a disaster for the average angler.

Scoping document from DMF can be reviewed here- http://portal.ncdenr.org/c/document_...LFE-141602.pdf

MEDIA ADVISORY: Division of Marine Fisheries
announces scoping period on southern flounder



MOREHEAD CITY The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will hold a public scoping period Dec. 4-18 to solicit public comments on potential management strategies for an upcoming amendment to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan.

The primary management strategy for Amendment 3 is long-term sustainable harvest in the southern flounder fishery. The South Atlantic Southern Flounder Stock Assessment update (containing data through 2017) indicated the stock is overfished and overfishing is occurring.

Fisheries stakeholders can provide in-person comments at two scoping meetings that will be held:
Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.
N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries
Central District Office
5285 Highway 70 West, Morehead City
Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.
Dare County Government Complex
Commissioners Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Dr., Manteo
Beginning Dec. 4, comments can also be submitted through the division's website with an online form or by mail. A news release will be issued closer to the scoping period providing details on how the public can participate.

A scoping document outlining the potential management strategies can be found on the Southern Flounder Amendment Information Page.
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