Rules could sink Jersey Shore flounder fishing

Recreational anglers who enjoy fluke fishing on the Jersey Shore may be out of luck next summer.

Under current recreational fishermen restrictions, summer flounder under 17 inches long must be thrown back in the water. Fishermen are also only allowed to keep eight flounder. Now, the National Marine Fisheries Service is considering restricting recreational anglers from fluke fishing next summer altogether in an effort to increase the fish population.

According to the fisheries service, recreational anglers in New Jersey have overrun their share of the catch in recent years and put a strain on the population.

However, the restriction would not just affect recreational fishing. Fluke fishing makes up about half the business for New Jersey party and charter boats. If the restriction was in place, those businesses would lose revenue.

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