Fishermen may harvest more of popular flounder this year – Boston Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — A regulatory board says New England fishermen will be allowed to harvest more of a popular species of fish that has been declining in catch for many years.

The New England Fishery Management Council is nearly doubling the amount of witch flounder that fishermen will be able to catch in the 2017-18 fishing year. The new rules will allow fishermen to harvest more than 1.8 million pounds of the fish.

Witch flounder has declined in catch volume from the early 2000s, when fishermen typically caught more than 6 million pounds of them. The fish are mostly caught off of Massachusetts and Maine. They are sometimes sold in markets as “grey sole.”

The new rules go into effect on May 1. The 2016-17 fishing year ends on April 30.

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