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    Posted: 10 August 2021 at 5:21pm

Glenn Skinner, NC Fisheries Association, what a stand up guy for fisheries reform!

Stand up as in a bad comic!  

This is deja vu BRD implementation in the shrimp trawl fishery.  The NCFA saw the white of the federal's eye coming across the water and decided to implement their own rules before the feds forced rules upon the industry.  To this day, Jerry Schill still crows that the NCFA led the way for bycatch reduction devices in the industry.

If would be funny if it wasn't so sad.  How many lawsuits did the NCFA file or threaten to file in order to delay Southern flounder management?  

The NCFA is solely responsible for the current 72% reduction.  We needed a 40% reduction in 2015 when they began a full court press using delaying tactics and a lawsuit to delay management action for four years.


August 9, 2021

North Carolina flounder: Prices rise, but Southern species cut back to rebuild stock

    

North Carolina’s summer flounder trawl fishery typically occurs in waters off New Jersey and New York, outside of the Southern flounder range, with the catches landed in North Carolina under the state’s summer flounder quota — the lion’s share among East Coast states at 27.44 percent.

For the 2019-21 fishing seasons, the coastwide commercial quota is set at 11.53 million pounds, approximately a 49 percent increase over the previously set 2019 quota.

Harvest of both summer and Southern flounder in North Carolina remained consistent for the past several years. Prices have also remained consistent with the average retail price from $8 to $12 a pound for filets and $4 to $5 a pound for whole fish. Price to fisherman has varied between a low of $3.50 to $5 throughout the season.

Jeff Styron of Garland Fulcher Seafood, Oriental, N.C., says things are looking up after a year of covid.

“We were basically shut down last year,” says Mr. Styron. “With few restaurant purchasing products, we ended up with a lot of frozen fish and slim markets. Now the demand has gone crazy.”

According to Styron, his boats landed over 30,000 pounds of ocean flounder recently and then the price dropped.

“It’s normal. I paid $4 to fishermen last week and then $2.75 this week. I won’t be surprised to see it drop to $2.50 next week. I’m just glad to see things pick up. Right now, flounder fillets are going for about $8.50 a pound and we’ve shipped out 2,000-3,000 to restaurants.”

However, concern over prices is far from the top of the list for the state’s inshore commercial fishermen. While the summer flounder fishery is expected to remain stable, the inshore Southern flounder season has changed drastically given the sweeping measures recently implemented. In 2019, the Division of Marine Fisheries recommended, and the state Marine Fisheries Commission approved, substantial harvest reductions to rebuild the Southern flounder stock. According to the DMF, these season adjustments are necessary to meet that goal.

The commercial Southern flounder harvest seasons are divided into three sections — Northern, Central and Southern. Beginning Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 21, each area will open for approximately 2-to-3-week periods. According to the DMF, Southern flounder harvest reductions of 62 percent in 2019 and 72 percent beginning in 2020 were necessary to prevent overfishing.

According to North Carolina Fisheries Association Executive Director Glenn Skinner, while the reductions are significant, he recognizes the need.

“Our state has stepped up and taken the lead on this issue,” says Skinner. “These measures are over the required 52 percent but necessary to preserve and grow the fishery.”

“The truth is North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida share the same flounder stock, and the species is overfished throughout its range. Unlike the other three states, North Carolina’s statutes require us to take actions that should end overfishing in two years and rebuild the stock in 10 years, forcing North Carolina to severely restrict recreational and commercial flounder harvest. Florida and South Carolina are looking at options to rebuild the flounder stock, including raising size limits, lowering bag limits, and seasonal closures. But, unlike North Carolina, they have no statutory requirement to act, so their management measures will certainly not be as restrictive.”

“It’s unfortunate that these needed measures disadvantaged our fishermen,” says Skinner. “But I am proud that we are leading the way as a responsible member of the commercial fishing community.”



 


Edited by Rick - 11 August 2021 at 8:13am
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The Truth:  Jerry begging money for the NCFA lawsuit to continue delaying management action in 2017-

SOUTHERN FLOUNDER LAWSUIT:
We would like to thank all of you who have donated to the Southern Flounder Fund so far. We will send a special update out soon listing those who have contributed to the fund.
As noted previously, we have had two hearings on our lawsuit on southern flounder before two judges. Both judges ruled in our favor. However, it's not over! There will be a hearing at some point and we need to be prepared!
Whether you are a commercial fisherman, dealer, or recreational fisherman, if you are pleased that we took this legal action and your season did not close on October 16th as the MFC planned, we need your help!
Checks can be made payable to:
NCFA Southern Flounder Fund
2807 Neuse Blvd.; Suite 11
New Bern, NC 28562


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...more "facts" from the NCFA during its delay game-




THE MFC ADVISER 
Marine Fisheries Commission Business Meeting 
Hilton Riverfront, New Bern North Carolina 
May 20-22, 2015

PUBLIC MEETING – May 18
 
Chairman Sammy Corbett called the meeting to order at 6 p.m.; the following individuals spoke: 

Glenn Skinner, from Carteret County, asked if it could be said with surety that any of the flounder options being considered would have a 50 percent chance of rebuilding the stock. Division Director Louis Daniel responded not without a stock assessment.  Skinner said the spotted seatrout assessment was wrong and encouraged the commission to wait for the stock assessment on flounder to be completed before taking action, saying flounder couldn’t be effectively managed without knowing the data from other states. He also said managers needed to stop using fishery management as a weapon instead of a tool to build better fisheries.

BUSINESS MEETING - MOTIONS AND ACTIONS – May 21-22 

Jerry Schill, with the N.C. Fisheries Association, said the supplement process was enacted by the N.C. General Assembly to allow the commission to address issues needing immediate action. He understands the need to address critical or emergency situations, but said it was important for the commission to choose wisely. He knows there are areas of concern with southern founder, but that an amendment was the appropriate course to take. Based upon the science, there is no crisis or emergency for southern flounder that would require a supplement.

Brent Fulcher, with the N.C. Fisheries Association, requested the commission vote to begin an amendment for southern flounder as soon as possible.  He said the long term viability of the flounder fishery is not threatened, so a supplement is not needed. He also said not one recreational fisherman has spoken about their discard mortality and he thinks the recreational size limit should be lowered and bag limit increased. 
  


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