Seen on the news the other day, Ala is considering changing the rules on flatties and specks. Said they are over fished and if something isn't done soon, may not be any in the years to come. Said 12" flatties are too young to breed, that the breeding size is 15" and over (or words to that effect).
I believe they also had a site set-up so you, the Ala fishermen can voice your opinion, suggestions or remedies addressing the problem. Something you Ala guys may want to check into, at least voice your concerns. g/l