I remember when Fluke and Cod were scarce in the NY Bight in the early 1970's because of the foreign Fishing. But whiting,ling and winter flounder were super abundant because they were protected within 12 miles . Same with the Raritan Bay flounder that lived right next to an open sewer and over development , runoff , you name it. When Long Island had no flounder , they had flounder. Wonder Why??? Draggers couldn't get them where they summered. And every party boat, recreational went there and slaughtered what remained.It was a tiny stock that recreationals could destroy themselves without commercial help. Whenever they cracked down really hard on commercials the fish have always come back strong relatively quickly except flounder . The late 1980's fluke levels were at historic lows , the gov't practically closed the commercial season and imposed strict recreational catch limits. Within a few short years the fluke were very numerous again . There's another post on NY Angler about how the fluke fishing was in 2020, most agreed that fluke are in decline . There use to be big bodies of fluke where it seemed like the bottom was paved with them. Now you get a fish here, there. The Southern Draggers come up North and catch 4000 pounds of Fluke a trip. NY is suing the Commerce Dept. to get 4000 pounds for the NY draggers. Kiss the Fluke Season goodbye when that happens.