DEP Gives Out Free J-Hooks to Educate Public on Flounder Fishing

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State officials are handing out freebies to help save and protect South Jersey flounder this summer.

The Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) has begun distributing 20,000 free, larger j-hooks to help reduce summer flounder deaths.

The "If You Can't Keep It, Save It" campaign aims to educate the fishing public on how to safely release summer flounder, or fluke, that do not meet minimum size requirements.

Flounders are one of New Jersey's most important recreational and commercial fish species.

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