I agree, we are the problem, recs and commercials alike. Remember how the 200 mi. limit was the answer to our fish population problems. Well, as it turns out we could have named it the Greed Act ("Greed is good"....ala Michael Douglas in Wall Street). All we did was rename the culprit from the Portuguese, Russians, etc. to us, the Americans. I laugh out loud and quietly cry sometimes when I read the postings about the current "good" flounder catches. Let's get real. 19 flounder is not good when caught by 25 anglers. That means 6 or more (probably more when you consider the high hook sharpies) did not catch and paid close to $50 to do so. There are so few winter flounder to be had and yet we continue to decimate the population by fishing for the few that are left. We need an authority (NMFS or DEC) to tell us that we can not take them until they return to our waters. I frankly can't buy into any of the cormorant, power plant, striped bass, and seal theories. With the exception of nuclear plants, I remember them all being around when I was a kid and the flatfish populations were thriving and flourishing. We are the problem....we, the greedy and foolish homosapiens of the fishing variety.
Striped bass recovered, why not the flounder? Let's not wait too long. Do something NOW!!!