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Overfishing leads to cancellation of NC recreational flounder season in 2024



Proposed regulations could limit the amount of flounder that fisherman can catch. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY)

(WWAY) — Recreational fishermen will not get the opportunity to catch flounder this year, following a decision by the Marine Fisheries Commission during a quarterly business meeting on Thursday.

Marine Fisheries received an update on the recreational quota available for a recreational founder season. After subtracting the recreational overage from 2023, the recreational quota remaining for 2024 is not large enough to allow for a season opening.

According to a news release, estimates from 2023 indicate the recreational catch exceeded the quota allowed under a stock rebuilding plan that was included in Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan and adopted by the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission.

Marine Fisheries says southern flounder is overfished and overfishing is occurring. Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan, adopted by the Commission in 2022, set quotas for the recreational and commercial fisheries, based on scientific data, to end overfishing and rebuild the stock.

Following Amendment 3 and not opening the 2024 recreational flounder season, combined with the increased recreational quota in 2025, should allow enough quota for a recreational season next year.


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