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2016 Summer Flounder Quota Distribution Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have approved a decrease of the commercial summer flounder quota for the 2016 fishing season based on the 2015 stock assessment update. Based on the final specifications provided in the December 28, 2015 Federal Register, the New York State 2016 commercial quota allocation for summer flounder is 621,244 pounds.

The following table is a summary of the quota distribution plan for 2016. The intent of this plan is to fully utilize the available summer flounder quota for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishing industry, yet remain within the state quota allocation. This plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2016. Period quota allocations may be adjusted when the final specifications for the summer flounder quota are released.

2016 Summer Flounder Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs) % of Annual Quota Initial Trip Limit (lbs) Weekly limit (lbs)
1 January-March 155,311 25% 70 800
2 April-May 111,824 18% 100 -
3 June-July 167,736 27% 70 -
4 August-October 105,611 17% 70 -
5 November-December 80,762 13% 70 -

Provisions of this quota distribution plan:

  • Trip limits are intended to spread quota allocation over each period and to avoid fishery closures if possible.
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from or added to Period 5. Overharvest or underharvest from Periods 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.
  • DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan to ensure maximum utilization of the summer flounder resource and prevent the state quota allocation from being exceeded. If summer flounder landings begin to approach the period quota limit, DEC may reduce trip limits or close the fishery to harvest until the beginning of the next period.
  • The final 2016 quota allocation is subject to adjustment by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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 "NMFS Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Northeast Region Fisheries Statistics website where the National Marine Fisheries Service keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.

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