Profile updated on 23 June 2021
Fluke, Plaice, Long-toothed flounder, Common flounder
The Summer flounder Paralichthys dentatus inhabits coastal and estuarine waters and ranges in the Northwest Atlantic from the Gulf of Maine to South Carolina. The management unit for summer flounder extends from the southern border of North Carolina northward to the U.S.- Canadian border. A summer flounder genetics study revealed no population subdivision at Cape Hatteras (Jones and Quattro 1999), consistent with the definition of the management unit. Summer flounder is managed as separate commercial and recreational fleets (NOAA-NMFS 2019). Because only the commercial fleet is relevant to Fish Source, the recreational fleet is not included in the profile.