News from the DNR Office of Communications

2009 Recreational Summer Flounder Fishery Closes

Annapolis, Md. – The recreational summer flounder fishery in Maryland state waters will close at 11:59 p.m. on September 13, 2009.

"DNR has worked closely with coastal fisheries management partners and Maryland anglers to rebuild the stock by 2013,” said DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “These efforts will ensure that Maryland can provide quality fishing opportunities to our anglers.”

In the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, anglers may keep one summer flounder per person per day, minimum of 16 1/2 inches in total length. In Maryland’s Coastal Bays and in the state waters of the Atlantic, anglers may keep three summer flounder per person per day, with a minimum size limit of 18 inches.

Maryland is working with its management partners and the federal Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) to better estimate the summer flounder harvest in Maryland.

Anglers are encouraged to participate in the summer flounder volunteer angler survey. To participate in the survey, please visit

   August 31, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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