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VMRC seeks return to state-specific quotas for flounder

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission will hold a series of eight hearings in January to accept public comments about regional management approaches for the 2015 summer flounder recreational fishery.

The closest hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in the fourth floor conference room at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission building, 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News.

Current regulations group summer fishery management by region; Virginia is included with Delaware and Maryland. Other regions are Massachusetts-Rhode Island, Connecticut-New Jersey, and North Carolina. However, VMRC representatives plan to speak at the hearing against the regional regulations and ask for individual state guidelines for the fishery similar to those in place prior to last year, according to Rob O’Reilly, chief of fisheries management for VMRC.

O’Reilly said current regulations include a four fish daily limit, with maximum fish of 16 inches in length. If ASMFC r...

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