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S. Flounder Supplement- Public Comment Deadline is this Friday, July 10th

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Here is a quick and easy link to the CCA-NC site to sign the petition.

A personal letter would be icing on top of the cake and will be included in the "official" package given to each MFC member.

Mail your personal letter to:

Southern Flounder Comments
c/o Nancy Fish
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, N.C. 28557

or email to:
[email protected]

Below is a great example of a personal letter that was shared with me by a friend:

Dear Commissioners,

As a concerned citizen, I am aware of the continued downward slide of North Carolina's depleted southern flounder stock. It is well past time to reverse this slide and you now have a real opportunity to make that happen at the Marine Fisheries Commission meeting in August.

I would like to see you do everything necessary to place into temporary rule under the supplement process to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan measures that will support and ensure the following:

1. Reduce the harvest of southern flounder by commercial fishermen by at least 50%.

2. Implement a yearly Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for commercially harvested southern flounder. This TAC should be at least 50% lower than the average commercial southern flounder harvest of the last 3 years. Without a TAC, you cannot have a harvest reduction that will work. An unlimited harvest has led to our depleted fish stock and these fish will not recover until a TAC is in place.

3. Suspend the harvest of southern flounder by any and all gill nets. Doing this will achieve most of the 50% reduction requested above and solve many problems for our inshore marine fisheries. The management costs, conflicts, bycatch issues and unsustainable harvest associated with the use of gill nets has created an unmanageable situation for marine fisheries in North Carolina. It’s time to stop the use of this highly destructive gear.

Please support these three simple changes and help our southern flounder stock begin the recovery that it deserves and many citizens expect.

Thank you,
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