Fisherman fund their own fluke research

Summer flounder won’t stand up and be counted.

It’s a task best left to the scientists, but the problem has always been the best way to go about it. For years, there has been little agreement between the fishermen who caught the fish and those who manage the fishery on how many fluke are around.

It wasn’t until seven years ago, with the fluke fishery on the verge of being shut down in New Jersey, that a group of recreational fishermen, party boat and for-hire captains and representatives from the tackle industry joined forces and pushed back against the accepted science.

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Samuel Hill

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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