The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council fielded suggestions from various representatives from the fishing industry before adopting option two of the proposed flounder regulations for the summer of 2013, the first after Hurricane Sandy affected the industry last fall.
"Some people prefer an early season, some prefer a late season so we felt this way we accommodated both parties as well as we possibly could," said Dick Herb, acting chairman of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council.
Option two calls for a flounder season starting on May 18th and running 122 days until September 16.
Anglers will have a bag limit of five fish and a minimum length requirement of 17.5 inches.
These regulations are in line with the 15.2% reduction created by a lower flounder population.
The dilemma facing those in attendance was whether to hold a shorter season while keeping the required length of the flounder low.
In the end, a shorter length means more fish and a jump-start for the industry post Sandy.
"The hurricane really hurt us this year so the more fish we can put on the boat, the more people are going to come fishing with us and sell bait and tackle and all the stuff that comes with it," said Captain Victor Hartley of the Capt. Robbins in Sea Isle City.
"Smaller fish are easier to catch, people tend to take one and then leave," said owner and operation of Ray Scott's Dock, Robin Scott.
"We clean it for them, show them how to cook it. The larger the fish, the more that are thrown back."
And while the 2013 season will be 25 days shorter than the 2012 season, an extension to the season is not being ruled out.
"There is a possibility we will extend the season slightly based on some additional information from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council," said Herb.
"But we won't know until the May meeting of the Marine Fisheries Council."
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council will next meet on may 2nd.
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