Atlantic Ocean flounder season runs from through January 31
Published 8:58 am Sunday, January 1, 2023
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-6-2023 opens the Atlantic Ocean commercial flounder season at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.
The proclamation sets a 35,000-pound offload limit per trip.
Properly licensed vessel Captains 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 80% of the annual North Carolina quota is reached, or at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, whichever occurs first.
The size limit is 14 inches total length taken from the Atlantic Ocean in a commercial fishing operation.
To land more than 100 pounds of flounder, the vessel must have a License to Land Flounder from the Atlantic Ocean.