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Fisheries Commission to Meet Wednesday

Southern flounder. Image: NCDMF

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission will meet online at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, to revisit sector harvest allocations for southern flounder.

The public may join the meeting online or by phone, at 415-655-0003. Event number is 185 886 8886 and event password is 1234.

The commission selected sector harvest allocations of 70% commercial and 30% recreational for the upcoming Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan during the February meeting. The allocation is similar to the landings split in 2017, the terminal year of the stock assessment on which draft management measures in Amendment 3 are based.

Among the draft management measures, are proposals for quotas for the commercial and recreational southern flounder fisheries, which may be impacted by a change in allocation.  Other sector harvest allocations the commission considered in February included commercial/recreational splits of 70/30, 65/35, 60/30 with a 10% allotment for gigging, 60/40, and 50/50.

Submit written comments by noon on Monday through an online form or mailed to Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting Comments, P.O Box 769, Morehead City, N.C. 28557.

Public comment will not be accepted during the meeting or through email. Following the meeting, an audio recording will be posted online.

For a meeting agenda and other meeting materials, go to the Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting webpage.

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