Fisheries panel to consider limits on flounder catch
NAGS HEAD, NC (AP) — The state Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting this week to consider possible limits that could reduce the catch of southern flounder by up to 60 percent.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reports a public comment period will be held Wednesday night and at the start of the meeting Thursday morning at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head.
The commission will consider six options for reducing the catch, including season closures, size limits and restrictions on different types of gear. Commercial fishermen could see the biggest hit if a possible ban of anchored large-mesh gill nets in internal waters is approved.
Recreational fishing groups support a reduction in catch, while commercial fishing groups say the state is using the wrong process for the reduction.
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