Atlantic flounder season now open

Published 11:18 am Monday, August 9, 2021

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-44-2021 opened the Atlantic Ocean commercial flounder season at 12:01 a.m. on August 6, 2021 and established a 12,500-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 September 3, 2021, whichever occurs first.

It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation to possess flounder from the Atlantic Ocean Waters if taken by any method other than trawl and in accordance with N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission Rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503.

“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.”

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