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March 11, 2000

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Paul Scarlett at 609-748-2020

The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council, in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, recently adopted changes to regulations for summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgy) and winter flounder in state waters. The regulations were implemented to maintain New Jersey's compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) regional management plans for these species.

Changes for summer flounder, commonly called fluke, extend the recreational fishing season from May 6 through October 20, 2000. The minimum legal size limit will remain at 15 1/2-inches with a possession limit of eight summer flounder.

The possession limit for scup, commonly known as porgy, has been changed to 50 fish. The minimum size limit remains at 7-inches with no closed season.

The recreational minimum size limit for winter flounder has increased to 10 1/2-inches. The season will remain March 1 through May 31 and September 15 through December 31 with no possession limit.