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Trump Administration asked to intervene over Summer Flounder Reduction
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 12:27:24 PM »

It’s likely few people have written more about summer flounder than Mark Terceiro.

Terceiro has published a 44-page journal article about the science, politics and litigation surrounding the species from 1975 to 2000. A 32-page follow-up covered the period from 2001 to 2010, and another article regarding developments in recent years is in the works.

But it’s Terceiro’s summer flounder stock assessment update, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in December, that has him in the crosshairs of New Jersey politicians and recreational fishing leaders.

Some say the move will cripple recreational flounder fishing, a multimillion-dollar industry in New Jersey that supports bait-and-tackle shops, boat dealerships and other businesses that cater to fishermen.

“It is based on a questionable, out-of-date stock assessment and a flawed modeling,” Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection wrote in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross last month.

But federal fisheries experts, including Terceiro, say they have confidence in the measurements, which show the flounder population has been “experiencing overfishing” since 2008.

“For most of the history of the (summer flounder) fishery, it seems like we’ve had a higher fishing mortality rate than where we want to be,” Rootes-Murdy said.

“The council is trying to limit the catch enough to bring the fishing mortality rate below the overfishing rate,” Terceiro said.

Those actions to limit the catch have angered many fishermen in New Jersey and prompted state leaders to appeal to President Trump’s administration.
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