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Summer Flounder Quota & Landings Data

Updated August 17, 2021

The 2021 commercial summer flounder quota for New York State is 1,094,113 pounds as determined by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and regulations promulgated by NOAA Fisheries. The Summer Flounder Quota Distribution Plan is distributed into five quota periods with the following harvest limits:

2021 Summer Flounder Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs) Trip Limit (lbs) % Distribution
1 January-February 218,823 70 lbs daily
2000 lbs weekly
20
2 March-April 164,116 140 15
3 May-July 437,645 70 40
4 August-October 218,823 70 20
5 November-December 54,706 70 5

Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Summer Flounder Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria:

  • Trip limits may be adjusted to spread allocation over each period and avoid fishery closures when 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 deducted from or rolled into the next period.
  • Underharvest from Period 5 will not be rolled over into the following year in accordance with the terms of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, actions may be taken, up to and possibly including closure of the remaining period until the next period, to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • Quota allocations will be adjusted to ensure maximum utilization of the summer flounder resource or prevent New York State's allocation from being exceeded.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to adjustment by NOAA Fisheries.
  • Visit Special Harvest Programs for details on the weekly harvest program for summer flounder.

Summer Flounder Landings Summary

2021 Summer Flounder Weekly Landings Summary (pounds)
Period Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
Remaining
Period Quota
Period
Quota %
Remaining
Annual Quota
1 1 1/1-1/2 70 daily 159 159 218,664 0% 1,093,954
1 2 1/3-1/9 280 daily
2000 weekly
12,809 12,968 205,855 6% 1,081,145
1 3 1/10-1/16 280 daily
2000 weekly
47,968 60,936 157,887 28% 1,033,177
1 4 1/17-1/23 280 daily
2000 weekly
13,807 74,743 144,080 34% 1,019,370
1 5 1/24-1/30 280 daily
2000 weekly
(11,935) 62,808 156,015 29% 1,031,305
1 6 1/31-2/6 280 daily
2000 weekly
31,511 94,319 124,504 43% 999,794
1 7 2/7-2/13 280 daily
2000 weekly
21,678 115,997 102,826 53% 978,116
1 8 2/14-2/20 280 daily
2000 weekly
42,214 158,211 60,612 72% 935,902
1 9 2/21-2/27 280 daily
2000 weekly
33,713 191,924 26,899 88% 902,189
2 10 2/28-3/6 280 daily
2000 weekly
37,400 229,324 126,716 23% 864,789
2 11 3/7-3/13 280 daily
2000 weekly
23,125 252,449 103,591 37% 841,664
2 12 3/14-3/20 280 daily
2000 weekly
38,964 291,413 64,627 61% 802,700
2 13 3/21-3/27 280 daily
2000 weekly to
140 daily
1000 weekly
21,356 312,769 43,271 74% 781,344
2 14 3/28-4/3 140 daily
1000 weekly
40,348 353,117 2,923 98% 428,227
2 15 4/4-4/10 140 daily
1000 weekly
35,670 388,787 -32,747 120% 705,326
2 16 4/11-4/17 70 12,733 401,520 -45,480 128% 692,593
2 17 4/18-4/24 70 12,775 414,295 -58,255 135% 679,818
2 18 4/25-5/1 70 -14,375 399,920 -43,880 127% 694,193
3 19 5/2-5/8 70 5,981 405,901 403,530 1% 688,212
3 20 5/9-5/15 70 11,161 417,062 420,503 4% 677,051
3 21 5/16-5/22 70 16,973 434,035 403,530 7% 660,078
3 22 5/23-5/29 70 15,965 450,000 387,565 8% 644,113
3 23 5/30-6/5 70 11,744 461,744 375,821 10% 632,369
3 24 6/6-6/12 70 4,049 465,793 371,772 11% 628,320
3 25 6/13-6/19 210 9,001 474,794 362,771 17% 619,319
3 26 6/20-6/26 210 10,896 485,690 351,875 20% 608,423
3 27 6/27-7/3 210 17,475 503,165 334,400 24% 590,948
3 28 7/4-7/10 210 16,613 519,778 317,787 27% 574,335
3 29 7/11-7/17 210 17,059 536,837 300,728 31% 557,276
3 30 7/18-7/24 210 24,968 561,805 275,760 37% 532,308
3 31 7/25-7/31 210 33,138 594,943 242,622 45% 499,170
4 32 8/1-8/7 210 9,581 604,524 451,864 2% 489,589
4 33 8/8-8/14 210 21,449 625,973 430,415 7% 468,140

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (leaves DEC website).


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