The DEC site is not only user-unfriendly, but it gets even less attention from those who are supposed to keep it updated. It was mentioned months ago, at an MRAC meeting, that the fluke regs, in particular, were causing great confusion amongst anglers. It was discussed that the DEC would give it attention, and I guess it was just some. It obviously is not considered an important management toll by those who can affect it's operation.
To make a point, the MRAC commissioners are representatives from the recreational and commercial sectors, and make only suggestions to the DEC about regulations and other policies affecting the marine resources. There is no rule that requires DEC to follow the recommendations. In fact, there are plenty of examples where the DEC diverged from MRAC resolutions. They can do whatever they feel like w/ fluke, as long as the regs are at least as restrictive as one of the twelve options proposed. Same w/ scup, as long as there are no more than 126 consecutive days of season for either sector (private and for-hire), and the bag is no more than ten fish (except for the 45-consecutive-day, 45 fish/angler bonus season for the for-hire industry), and the minimum size is not lower than 10 1/2" for the private sector, and 11" for the for-hire vessels. Of course, there is no incentive to further constrict the scup regs, since it is managed regionally, and if we are reported to catch too many in NY
this year, it doesn't matter as much as it would w/ fluke, w/ is magaged by state. Strange, but the reason they would restrict fluke regs more is to make themselves look like they are managing the species better- even though they are basically given the regs by the scientific community.