After many years of restricted catch limits, things have looked pretty good for summer flounder, in terms of the recreational catch limits, for the last 10 years. What has not looked so strong is the level of recruitment, which is the number of juvenile fish coming into the fishery. Recruitment has trended downward since 2009, and in 2015, it showed less than half of what it was in 2009. Simply put: Fewer coming in requires a lot less to be taken out, if one wants to rebuild the stock. Low recruitment does not necessarily preclude a successful spawning event, but relying on that to happen is rolling the dice.