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Summer Flounder Quota Distribution Plan

DEC and the NYS Office of the Attorney General sent a letter to the US Commerce Department regarding rulemaking for summer flounder quotas (PDF, 82 KB)- July 25, 2018

Updated January 29, 2019

The summer flounder quota allocation provided by the United States Department of Commerce, NOAA Fisheries to the State of New York is anticipated to be 510,054 pounds. The quota distribution plan for summer flounder is below. The purpose of this distribution plan is to fully utilize the available quota of summer flounder for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishery and to minimize the likelihood of a fishery closure.

Summer Flounder Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs) % of Annual Quota Initial Trip Limit (lbs) Initial Weekly Limit (lbs)
1 January-February 102,011 20% 50 700
2 March-April 76,508 15% 50 TBD
3 May-July 204,022 40% 50 xxx
4 August-October 102,011 20% 50 xxx
5 December 25,503 5% 50 TBD

Provisions of this quota distribution plan:

  • Trip limits are intended to spread quota allocation over each period and to avoid fishery closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits may be set at modest levels.
  • A weekly limit, with a maximum of 2 landings per week is established. Program parameters found here.
  • Overharvest/underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from/added to Period 5.
  • Overharvest/underharvest from Period 2 through 4 will be rolled into the next period.
  • The Fishery Management Plan for summer flounder does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, action will be taken, up to and possibly including closure of the remaining period, until the next period in order to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan if the level of harvest is different from what was projected to ensure maximum utilization of the summer flounder resource and prevent the state allocation from being exceeded.
  • Any increase in the annual quota will first result in the creation of a November period. Any additional quota will be equally distributed among the original periods.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to adjustment by NOAA Fisheries.

Check the Commercial Fishing Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on Summer Flounder and other quota managed species in New York.

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by clicking on the "NOAA Fisheries Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Statistics website where NOAA Fisheries keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.

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