THREE-YEAR DECREASE ON FLUKE HARVEST
Despite the improving stock rates outlined in the latest summer flounder stock assessment, the Summer Flounder Monitoring Committee has decided that the numbers weren't high enough to remain on course for meeting the goal of a 210-million-pound stock by 2010. As a result, instead of the ten-percent harvest increase anticipated for 2006, the committee is imposing a 26-million-pound harvest quota for each of the next three years — a big drop from this year's 30.3-million-pound quota. Since fluking has improved in the Raritan Bay area, catch statistics could put New Jersey and New York over this year's allocations, which could lead to even tougher regulations than those already anticipated for 2006 due to the quota cuts.
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