The Period 1 fluke fishery will close effective April 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM. Commercial fishermen that have been fishing under the 500 pound Period 1 daily trip limit or with a Letter of Authorization to participate in the Period 1 Commercial Fluke Weekly Trip Limit Experimental Fishery must now adhere to the Period 2 commercial fishing limits described below.
The Period 1 fluke fishery is allocated up to 30% of the state’s overall fluke quota for use during January 1st through April 22nd. Any unused portion of the 2014 Period 1 allocation will be reallocated to the 2014 Period 2 fishery.
The 2014 Period 2 fishery will open under status quo management on April 23rd at 6:00 AM. The 2014 Period 2 limits are described below:
|Gear Type||Season||Open Fishing Days||Trip Limits||Minimum Size|
|Nets||April 23 – June 9||Sunday – Saturday||100 lbs/day||14 inches|
|June 10 – Quota||Sunday – Thursday||300 lbs/day||14 inches|
|Hook and Line||April 23 – June 9||Closed||N/A||N/A|
|June 10 – Quota||Sunday – Thursday||200 lbs/day||14 inches|
The complete text of Massachusetts’ summer flounder regulations can be found at 322 CMR 6.22 and more information regarding the management of fluke in Massachusetts can be found on the MarineFisheries website: