Public Hearing – Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass

Thursday night in Dover is a meeting about black sea bass and summer flounder.  This is to officially set the 16.5 inch summer flounder limit that was changed by an emergency order in the spring.   Also the proposed amendments to the black sea bass regulation to eliminate Delaware’s existing recreational fall closure from September 22 – October 21.

I always say it, if you want to make changes then get involved and attend these meetings.  If you can take time off to fish, you can take time off to pay attention to your fishery.

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Proposed amendment document …  
PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO 7 DE ADMIN CODE 3500
TIDAL FINFISH (SUMMER FLOUNDER & BLACK SEA BASS)
The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)/ Division of Fish &
Wildlife proposes to amend Delaware’s tidal finfish regulations pertaining to black sea bass and
summer flounder (7 DE Admin Code 3507 Black Sea Bass Size Limit; Trip Limits, Seasons;
Quotas & 3511 Summer Flounder Size Limits; Possession Limits; Season). The proposed
measures maintain compliance with approved addenda to the interstate fishery management
plans for each species. Specifically, the proposed amendments to the black sea bass regulation
eliminate Delaware’s existing recreational fall closure period (September 22 – October 21) and
the proposed amendment to the summer flounder regulation adopts, through the APA process, a
16.5-inch minimum recreational size already in place through emergency order. The proposed
amendments may be inspected at the Department’s offices located at 89 Kings Highway, Dover,
DE 19901, or are available by contacting the Fisheries Section at (302) 739-9914.
A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held July 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the
DNREC Auditorium, located at the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway,
Dover, DE 19901.
The hearing record on the proposed amendments to 7 DE Admin Code 3507 & 3511 will open
July 1, 2018. Individuals may submit written comments or request additional information
regarding the proposed amendments via e-mail to Lisa.Vest@state.de.us or via the USPS to Lisa
Vest, Hearing Officer, DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 (302) 739-9042.

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