Atlantic plaice season now open – The Coastland Times
The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-44-2021 opened the commercial plaice season in the Atlantic Ocean at 12:01 a.m. on August 6, 2021 and established an unloading limit of 12,500 pounds for the harvest period. Vessels may have landing limits for other states, but it is illegal to land these fish in North Carolina.
The fishery will be closed by proclamation once North Carolina’s annual quota is met or at 6 p.m. on September 3, 2021, whichever comes first.
It is illegal for a commercial fishing operation to possess flounder in Atlantic Ocean waters if caught by a method other than trawling and in accordance with NC Marine Fisheries Commission rule 15A NCAC 03M .0503.
“The intention of this proclamation is to establish harvest times and catch limits for plaice from the Atlantic Ocean to ensure that the quota allocated to North Carolina under the Fisheries Management Board of the Mid Atlantic / Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Black Sea bass fishery management plan is not outdated. The range of the commercial fishery and the winter flounder management unit extends from Maine to North Carolina.
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