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Larger summer flounder (fish in excess of 18 inches) are overwhelmingly egg bearing females and under the upward shift of recreational minimum size limits they have become a disproportionately higher percentage of the recreational landings.

Additionally, larger summer flounder bring significantly higher market value for commercially harvested fish, resulting in added pressure on female breeders. But there's more to the picture - literally - when we look at the average recruitment as compared to the changes in recreational size limits!

Too many female breeders are being removed by both the recreational and commercial interests and further reducing landings without addressing that imbalance will only exacerbate problems in the fishery.

If measures aren’t adopted soon to protect what’s left of the female population, SSB decline will continue and the fishery will be on the brink of another major collapse, if we are not at that point already.

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