The SCDNR has evidence of declines in flounder across the entire state and catches in recent years are at a All-Time-Lows. Dr. Ballenger of SCDNR said. ”This decline doesn’t seem to be confined to one area of the state. We have observed it in all of our major estuaries.”
Low numbers of adult flounder were not the only red flag that appeared in SCDNR’s data. Their surveys also showed a decline in young flounder and a decline in the average size of flounder caught!
The results of the SCDNR’s data suggests the average size of flounder encountered in their surveys has declined by over an inch in the last 10 years or so. This is often a sign of heavy fishing pressure, since anglers are removing the fish as soon as they reach minimum size requirements, with very few bigger fish remaining in the population.
At our February 2020 member meeting a motion was made and approved by all members to release all flounder caught in order to help relieve the pressure of over fishing of the current flounder population.
Keep Dorchester County Beautiful is currently planning the 2020 Ashley River Cleanup and hope that the Summerville Salt Water Anglers and the Lowcountry Land Trust will participate again this year. We will keep with the concentration on land based areas again, but all boats are still welcome to participate. Things went very well last year and I hope to improve this years’ experience for the volunteers as well. March 14th is the current, tentative date.
I will be able to handle most of the logistics for the event like last year. Cleanup maps, supplies, disposal and other details will be handled by Keep Dorchester County Beautiful. Our main focus for SSWA will be participation and any volunteers will greatly be appreciated.
Last year KDCB reported a total of 7,620 lbs. of litter, with 120 volunteers, to Keep America Beautiful. The previous year we had about half that total with half the volunteers. Unfortunately, we all know that the trash is there to be picked up again.
Thank you and let me know of any concerns and ways we can improve the volunteer experience this year,
Our SSWA End of Year Celebration, Oyster Roast and Charity Auction. What a great night. We want to thank a few people for going above and beyond to make this night something special that will benefit so many children that need a positive thing in their lives.
First, a few of our members, Dave Fladd/Ralph Phillips, Aaron Johnson and Ilona Goodmen. We truly couldn’t have done it without you!
Lee and Trae Ray and the staff at Summerville Country Club who always provide a first class venue and excellent food and are truly like family to us!
The hardworking (volunteer!) Board of Directors of Summerville Saltwater Anglers who dedicate their valuable time to make our organization the best of its kind, hands down, in Charleston.