S. 1747 would require the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to modify the fishery management plan for the commercial management of summer flounder within one year of enactment. The modified plan would:
Establish commercial quotas in direct proportion to the distribution, abundance, and location of summer flounder;
Consider regional, coastwide, or other management measures for summer flounder; and
Require commercial catch quotas for summer flounder to reflect the most recent scientific information on summer flounder landings.
In addition, the bill would require the Government Accountability Office to report to the Congress on the implementation of the modified fishery management plan.
Using information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and based on the costs of similar activities, CBO estimates that implementing S. 1747 would cost $1 million over the 2022-2026 period; spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.