Atlantic Ocean commercial flounder season now open
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-26-2021 opened the Atlantic Ocean commercial flounder season at 12:01 a.m. on April 12, 2021 and establishes a 15,000-pound offload limit for the harvest period. Vessels can possess landing limits for other states, but it is unlawful to offload those fish in North Carolina.
The fishery will close by proclamation once the annual North Carolina quota is reached or at 6 p.m. on May 31, 2021, whichever occurs first.
“The intent of this proclamation is to establish harvest periods and limits for the taking of flounder from the Atlantic Ocean to assure that the quota allocated to North Carolina in the joint Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan is not exceeded. The summer flounder commercial fishery and management unit range is from Maine to North Carolina,” stated the announcement.