2013 summer flounder

I attended the Advisors meeting on summer flounder held by the NJ Marine Council last night to review 2013 options on summer Flounder
NJ must take a 15% REDUCTION in summer flounder ,don’t ask me to explain why other than after Technical committee reviewed the data they changed what was reviewed by ASFMC and Mid-Atlantic council in November.
It is what it is
We reviewed 14 options that were approved by ASFMC for New Jersey. Advisors reduced the options to 5 which will be presented to Public in the March 7th meeting of Marine Council in Galloway Twp Library

There is a major concern for further reductions in 2014 so a conservative approach was recommended

3 of the options kept a 17 1/2 size limit with 5 fish and there are 2 options increasing to 18″. The general consensus was we needed to stay at 17 1/2 in the event 2014 resulted in a reduction,if that was the case we could raise to 18″ and still have a decent season by not having to give up days

Bottom line it boils down to whether we want an early May open and early Sept closing or a late May open and late Sept closing option ,either case they result in approx 122 days vs the 147 of 2012

I voiced my opinion that most of who I talked to in this area wanted an early May open as the best size and best numbers of larger Fluke come in May,by Sept especially in in-shore waters it is difficult to get a legal size fish
However there is strong opinions especially from those north of Atlantic City to wait until late May and have a Memorial weekend open. This in my opinion would be a severe blow to Marinas,tackle shops and local fishermen in the South Jersey area

All five of the options will be reviewed with Public on March 7th at Galloway Library in Galloway Township at 4pm , I suspect it will be a packed house

IF YOU HAVE AN OPINION AND CAN MAKE IT ,YOU NEED TO BE THERE AS THE COUNCIL WILL MAKE A DECISION THAT NIGHT mostly based on feedback in meeting
I cannot attend as I will be out of town

There was some discussion about NJ and NY both required to take reductions could get some additional allotment from other States who were under BUT that seem to be a remote possibility and would not be known for a couple of months