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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-15-2014, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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2014 Fluke Regulations for New Jersey

<span style="font-weight: bold">2014 Fluke Regulations</span>

At today’s meeting, the ASMFC voted in favor of regionalized management for fluke in effect reallocating some of New Jersey’s fluke quota and giving it to New York. Further, of the two regionalization plans being considered, they chose the worse one for New Jersey. Under the adopted plan, New Jersey will be in a region with New York and Connecticut. Under this plan we will have a 4 fish bag limit at 18” with a 128 day season. The NJMFC will now only be able to decide when the season will begin and when it will end.Under this plan New Jersey is only projected to harvest 906,348 fluke. If the other regional option had been chosen New Jersey would have had a 135 day season with a projected harvest of 947,337 fluke.
Further the ASMFC disregarded the will of the public. Hearings were held in various states and there was a public comment period where the vast majority of the public opposed the regionalized plans. Additionally, the ASMFC claimed they wanted to have similar sized regulations between bordering states but all they did was shift the problem. Last year New York had a 19” size limit and New Jersey had a 17 ˝” size limit despite the fact that they were fishing similar waters. This year both New York and New Jersey will have an 18” size limit. However, Delaware will have a 16” size limit. How is that fair for our boats out of Cape May that fish similar waters?
The little bit of good news today was that the ASMFC voted not to have a closed season on winter flounder. Now we just have to wait for the NJMFC to adopt that measure.
The ASMFC also voted in favor of adhoc regional measures for sea bass as we had last year.
I am hopeful that since New Jersey under fished its target quota that we might be able to have a somewhat longer season this year but that remains to be seen.


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It is also interesting to note that on page 8 of the addendum, it implied that the season would be from 5/1-9/30. I never bothered to count the days until today but that season would come to a total of 153 days. Yet under the two regional options on page 12 we would have either a 128 or 135 day season. Now we know that the option with the 128 season was chosen. Therefore, I anticipate that since the NJMFC does its best to have the season open on weekends that we will end up with a season from 5/10-9/14 or from 5/17-9/21.

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Re: 2014 Fluke Regulations for New Jersey

There's a lot of people ticked off over this right now on different NJ fishing forums.
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Personally I would rather see them close fluke altogether for the whole region for one year then pull a move like this.
For me to run to the Old Grounds is a minimum 50 mile round trip run burning over 1 GPM of fuel now they are only going to allow 4 fish, give me a break.
When are they going to realize over half the shorts caught become crab food because they don't survive the manhandling they receive being taken off the hook.
There would be less of an impact if they set the limit at 4 with a 15 1/2" fish. It gets old tossing back fish that miss the mark by 1/4".

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Re: 2014 Fluke Regulations for New Jersey

I would like to really express how I feel but that type of language is not permitted on HPA!

neither is using symbols to indicate cussing

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Re: 2014 Fluke Regulations for New Jersey

They want to make it too expensive for people to go fishing. If you don't fish constantly and keep up with where the fish are it just isn't worth it.

I have been saying this for years.....They don't allow the commercial harvest of game animals, why do they allow it of fish? Look how good the stripers are doing now!

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I sent several email(s) voicing my feelings about this situation. I feel it will do no good. but I did it anyway.

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