Like many New Yorkers, winter flounder are loyal to their home state -- so loyal that a tagging study in Shinnecock Bay on the south shore of Long Island showed that many of these fish never leave. That wouldn't be a problem except that the population is so depleted it's now inbred.
And now the crisis is compounded by moves to significantly extend the fishing season. Following industry pressure, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed to lengthen the current 60-day fishing season (April 1 - May 30) to an unbelievable 306 days (March 1 - Dec. 31).
Such a move would drastically reduce the remaining population at a time when what it needs is a reprieve and chance to rebound.
March 11, 2015 Action Alert ID# 193
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