This subject is highly controversial. It is a Federal call, not a State regulation, although States have to enforce it. North Carolina Fisheries are controlled by NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Region, headquartered in St Petersburg FL. The Southeast Region is HUGE and some regulations are enacted for the whole Region. This is where NC takes a beating. In other words if a species is determined to be overfished in Florida or Georgia a decision will go out for the whole REGION regardless of conditions within a particular State. OverFished is a overly simplified term. It's all based on Scientific Research on Stock Levels. Each State will be furnished Quotas broken down by Commercial and Recreational fishery. Here's the BIG PROBLEM with Flounder. North Carolina has two species of Flounder, The Summer Flounder, aka Fluke and Southern Flounder. It is the Southern Flounder that is of concern to the Feds, not Fluke, although there are quite a few restrictions on them all the way to Maine. GUESS WHAT, our principal Recreational Flounder here in NC is Fluke, not Southern Flounder, but yet they are grouped together. I would guess 8 out of 10 Recreational Fishermen do not distinguish one from the other, nor can they tell the difference between the two. So Fluke pays the price for their "cousins" problems. Something about Recreational Flounder Fishing. On the Outer Banks, quantities caught and fishermen Targeting only Flounder is small. Surf Fishing is pale compared to boat fishing and even boat fishing is very limited to certain areas and those who know. Now go up to NJ and NY or even the Eastern Shore of VA Flounder (FLUKE) is highly sought Recreationally and can grow to monster sizes compared to our "anorexic" Flounder. Our big fish might be 24 inches, whereas 5 to 10lb plus fish are caught regularly North. Bottom Line you can't fight City Hall and in view of our very limited "Flounder" catches it will have very limited effect on most of us. Commercially, it's another story. For those of you who don't know there big populations of good size Flounder in our Sounds but they are almost impossible to catch on Hook and Line. In addition Commercially we have Ocean Trawlers fishing off NC all Winter for Flounder, go try and catch them in the Ocean, good luck.