NOAA Fisheries: Final Management Measures for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries Announced

Today, NOAA Fisheries announced new management measures for the summer flounder, scup and black sea bass recreational fisheries, including minimum fish size, possession limit, and fishing seasons. Based on recommendations of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, we are increasing the overall catch limits for the 2013 and 2014 black sea bass fishery by approximately 1 million pounds.This results in an increase of approximately 0.41 million pounds for the recreational black sea bass fishery, and a 0.39 million pound increase for the commercial fishery. For summer flounder, the Council recommended that states establish their own or region-specific recreational management measures (bag limit, minimum size, and season) to ensure that the 2013 harvest limit is not exceeded.  To read more about these measures please click here.

We also have revamped our Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass webpages to make finding information about current regulations and other relevant information easier to find... Check them out!