POINT PLEASANT BEACH — In the battle over summer flounder quotas between the state and federal government, it appears the feds have blinked.
This week — with the backing of the U. S. Commerce Secretary — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA] affirmed New Jersey’s rules on summer flounder catch size and bag limits for 2017.
The state had been threatened with a shutdown of its commercial and recreational fisheries if it did not come into compliance with stricter federal quotas.
State officials welcomed the federal action Tuesday, while fisheries management agencies were dismayed.
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