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April 10, 2002

CHANGES IN RECREATIONAL SCUP & FLUKE REGS.

For more information contact:
Paul Scarlett at 609-748-2020

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife informs anglers that rules for the recreational harvest of scup and summer flounder in State waters have changed effective March 28, 2002. The changes were implemented to keep New Jersey in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's management plan for scup and summer flounder.

"The new rules are aimed at providing adequate protection to scup and summer flounder stocks while at the same time allowing New Jersey's saltwater recreational anglers an opportunity to participate to the fullest extent possible in these two fisheries," said Division Director Bob McDowell.

The scup recreational minimum size limit has increased from 9" to 10" and the season has changed from July 4 through December 31 to July 1 through October31. The possession limit will remain at 50 fish.

The summer flounder recreational minimum size limit has increased from 16" to 16" and the season has changed from May 12 through September 11 to May 18 through September 24. The possession limit will remain at 8 fish.