A workshop is planned for next week for the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan Advisory Committee to review draft Amendment 3 to the plan.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 by web conference. Join the meeting online using event number 161 915 2393 and password 1234 or by calling 415-655-0003. While the workshop is open to the public, public comment will not be accepted.
For web conference links, a workshop agenda, and other information on Draft Amendment 3 to the Southern Flounder Fishery Management Plan go to the Information on Southern Flounder Amendment 3 webpage.
The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is updating draft Amendment 3, which is anticipated to be reviewed and potentially approved for public and standing and regional advisory committee review in November 2021, according to officials. Southern flounder management continues under Amendment 2 while Amendment 3 is revised.
Management measures in Amendment 3 will be based on the 2019 stock assessment, requiring a minimum of 52% reduction in total removals starting in 2021 to rebuild the spawning stock biomass within 10 years. The Marine Fisheries Commission voted on sector allocations at their February 2021 business meeting, and amended the allocation decision at the March 2021 special meeting.
The updated document is anticipated to be available for the public prior to the November Marine Fisheries Commission business meeting.