Summer flounder, aka fluke, are a good example of our regulatory system’s success. There was a terrible outcry about 10 years ago, when the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council adopted a rebuilding plan that finally had a good chance of success. The stock has since increased fivefold, with more larger, older fish than anyone can remember. Just a few short years ago, very few fish survived more than two years due to intense fishing pressure. Of course, today there is a regulatory discard problem in the fishery (large size limits in most states lead to many throwbacks, and 10 percent of those die), but there are still more fish than ever, and that’s what ultimately matters. The stock, once badly depleted, is now fully rebuilt, and anglers are enjoying an extraordinary, albeit somewhat more restricted, fishery.