2009 Summer Flounder Limits Announced

Annapolis, Md. – The Administrative, Executive and Legislative
Review (AELR) Committee of the General Assembly approved emergency
regulations for summer flounder size limits, as suggested by the
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fisheries
Service.

“DNR has worked closely with coastal fisheries management
partners and Maryland anglers to implement size limits that best
meet its conservation objective of limiting harvest while still
providing quality fishing opportunities,” said DNR Fisheries
Director Tom O’Connell. “Harvest limits were put into place by the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to rebuild the stock by
2013.”

In the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, anglers may keep one
summer flounder per person per day, minimum of 16 1/2 inches in
total length. In Maryland’s Coastal Bays and in the state waters of
the Atlantic, anglers may keep three summer flounder per person per
day, with a minimum size limit of 18 inches. The summer flounder
fisheries will remain open through September 13, 2009.

Maryland is working with our management partners and the federal
Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) to better
estimate the summer flounder harvest in Maryland.

Anglers are reminded to become active participants in summer
flounder management by participating in the summer flounder
volunteer angler survey. To participate in the survey, please visit
http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/survey/sfsurveyintro.html.

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