Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NYS DEC Agrees to Common Sense Catch Limits for Fluke

Photos (Lexi Van de Walle): Sizzling Saute of (Huge) Fluke Fillets; Shinnecock Commercial Docks in the distance

According to an article over on, new regulations will allow local commercial fishermen in Montauk and Shinnecock more flexibility in how they calculate their fluke catch -- limits are no longer measured in daily quotas but rather by week. The new regs will be in a pilot period through March 2010. READ MORE at

"New York State has taken a small step towards the adoption of this common sense measure. Weekly catch limits help the bottom line of the fisherman and the environment without any adverse impact on fisheries. Aggregate weekly catch limits result in reduced fuel costs for the fisherman and the conservation of fuel in general. This measure is a good start but must be expanded. After the trial period is over, I will seek legislation to make the program permanent and to expand it to other species."


Fluke with herbs

2 large fillets of local fluke

2 local eggs, beaten

¾ cup of all purpose flour or corn meal

3 tablespoons of mixed dried herbs (thyme, basil, dill)

4 tablespoons of butter

Set up three plates. One with beaten eggs. The second with flour and herbs. And, the third one is a clean plate. Dip fluke into the egg and cover fluke. Allow excess egg to drip off of the fish. Place egged fluke into the flour and herbs mix and cover the fish with flour. Move to a clean plate. Repeat. In a large skillet, melt one tablespoon of butter over medium high heat. When sizzling, add the fish and cook until the edges begin to turn white. Using a spatula pick up the fish and turn over. Before placing fish back on the pan, melt another tablespoon of butter. Cook until just white and flaky. Do not over cook. Repeat. When all of the fish is cooked, return to pan to reheat before serving.

Can be served alone, with rice or French bread.

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