ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it is halfway through its summer flounder survey and the response from fishermen has been good.


The department is conducting the survey along with the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association to find out how many flounder recreational fishermen are catching in Maryland’s coastal bays.


MSSA volunteers have handed out more than 300 survey cards since July in Flounder Alley, a popular fishing area in the Isle of Wight and Sinepuxent Bays west of Ocean City. So far, DNR says about 43 percent have been returned.


The survey results will be compared with estimates from the National Marine Fisheries Service and presented at the national conference of the American Fisheries Society in September.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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