few comments on summer flounder

Guys , let me try to clear up some facts #1 All the NJ Marine Council can decide once the Feds set the guidelines is opening and closing dates ,they will have NO input on size and bag. #2 The decision comes from NOAA and NOAA gets the recommendation from Mid-Atlantic Council and Mid-Atlantic Council must followed the M/S act . #3 the meeting in Galloway following the Marine Council meeting will be the start of the 30 day public comment period. Every comment is recorded and all comments from all the meetings gets to Council and NOAA and in my opinion critical if there is any chance of getting any relief #4 In addition to comments in this meeting there MUST be a flood of emails,letters ,phone calls to Council members and finally #5 There MUST be contact with your Congressmen and Senators and make sure you are angry
There is a clause in the M/S act that requires an economic study on any changes BUT this rarely gets done and that is a point that needs to be made to Congress members .
Communication with Congress members can be short and sweet by making 2-3 points and try to keep it to one page if writing
Couple of suggestions
#1-ask your Congressman and/or Senator to get involved.. NJ is in the region with NY and Conn BECAUSE NY fishermen got together and got their congressmen involved while NJ congressmen slept
#2 Put a hold on any changes until better data is available like SSSFF data expected late 2017

#3 recommend allowing smaller fish like 2 fish between 14-19″ and one over 19″ to
REDUCE the number of dead fish being thrown back. The number of dead fish going back will increase if 19″ size holds
Keep it short and sweet to get the right attention on the problem
UNLESS there is a lot of noise from fishermen there is NO CHANCE OF SAVING THE SEASON
Following the June 5th meeting there will be a 30 day public opinion period BUT you don’t have to wait to contact your Congressmen regardless of where you live,PA congressmen and others outside of NJ will all need to be involved
The BALL is in the fishermen’s court,clearly fishermen don’t always win but neither do they catch a fish every time they drop a line BUT if you don’t have a line in the water I doubt you will catch a fish and the same is true about getting some relief on summer flounder

Comments

  1. Carl Johnson says:

    Bill you mentioned in this report the meeting is June 5th did you mean January instead