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State council will determine final regulations for 2013 fishing season

With the 2013 spring and summer fishing season appearing to many who lost their homes and boats in Superstorm Storm as a pipe dream, the annual debate on fishing regulations for the state's most popular recreational species is moving ahead as it normally does during the off season.

Next week, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will meet, with a subcommittee expected to approve several regulatory options – one of which the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will ultimately choose next year's summer flounder regulations.

All of the options on the table before the ASMFC take into account an approximately 15 percent cut in quota from the 2012 season, where the minimum size limit fell to 17.5 inches after years at an 18 inch minimum, which anglers considered excessively high.

Recreational anglers were allowed to harvest 1,090,407 fish last season, but will be limited to 977,998 in 2013. According to federal fisheries data, anglers overfished their quota last year, harvesting a total of 1,153,975 fish.

"The 15 percent required reduction represents the difference of the 2013 target in relation to the 2012 harvest estimate," documentation before the ASMFC reads. "Constraining the season has been effective for reducing harvest."

In 2012, summer flounder season was open for 147 days, from May 5 through Sept. 28.

The ASMFC will consider approving the following season options for New Jersey for 2013:


Summer Flounder 2013 SIZE (in inches) OPEN SEASON BAG LIMIT 17.5 May 24 – Sept 21 5/day/angler 17.5 May 18 – Sept 16 5/day/angler 17.5 May 4 – Sept 5 5/day/angler 18 May 18 – Sept 26 5/day/angler 18 May 11 – Sept 20 5/day/angler 18 May 1 – Sept 12 5/day/angler 18.5 May 1 – Oct 31 5/day/angler

All of the options represent between a 15.3 and 15.6 percent cut from the 2012 season, which ran from May 5 to Sept. 28 with a 17.5 minimum size limit and five fish bag limit.

The ASMFC will vote on whether to approve New Jersey's proposed options at its winter meetings, slated to be held Feb. 19 through Feb. 21, next Tuesday through Thursday.

Whichever options are approved by the ASMFC will then go to the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council, from which council members will vote to enact one of the options as the official regulations for the 2013 season.

The Marine Fisheries Council is scheduled to make that determination March 7 at 4 p.m. at the Galloway Township Library, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway.

BrickAmericanMan February 17, 2013 at 10:29 PM
I delivered a boat from forked river to the metedeconk after the storm. The channel depths matched the charts exactly and this was a 37' houseboat that drew 36". Lots of people blowing things out of proportion about the bay. Only one sunken car was struck and now it is removed. I also sold a boat to a sea tow operator and he also confirmed that its not that much of an issue. You just have to stay in the channel and know where your going. Use your GPS and your fine.
Dan Tholen March 02, 2013 at 02:21 PM
http://forkedrivertunaclub.com/stripedbassseminar.html The Forked River Tuna Club Presents Striped Bass Fishing Seminar Saturday, March 2nd at 2pm Forked River Tuna Club Clubhouse 18 Bay Ave, Forked River, NJ FEATURING - Tony "Maja" Arcabascio - Tony Maja Bunker Spoons Steve Purul - ReelFantasea Fishing Charters Admission - ONLY $5 All money will be donated to local High School Fishing Clubs Chinese Auctions - 50/50 - Rod & Reel Raffle Door Prizes - Rods, Reels, Tackle and More! Doors Open at 12noon Meatball and Sausage Sandwiches will be available • Cash Bar LOCATION: Forked River Tuna Club 18 Bay Ave, Forked River, NJ 08731 FROM ALL POINTS Take GSP Exit 74 toward Forked River/Waretown. Keep right to take the ramp toward US-9/Lacey/Forked River. Merge onto Lacey Rd. Turn right onto S Main St/US-9. Take the 1st left onto Bay Ave. Forked River Tuna Club is one block on the left. Please email us at frtctournaments@yahoo.com or fill the form on the website out to attend. __________________
Joe Weaver March 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I like the bigger fish don't hate on me from past seasons all the larger throwbacks made the larger fish population grow I log every fish that is caught on my boat and I see an increase in size in the last 2 year's
ThatGuy22 March 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM
then whoever is spending that kind of money had no idea what they are doing.
ThatGuy22 March 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Also some people like to get out of the house instead of sitting on the computer ranting how expensive things are.


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