New Recreational Measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup & Black Sea Bass Fisheries -- Effective July 7th

The following announcement was released by NOAA Fisheries on July 3, 2014 (CORRECTED July 7, 2014):

Today, NOAA Fisheries announces final 2014 recreational management measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass fisheries in Federal waters.

Effective Monday, July 7th we are:

  • Approving regional conservation equivalency for the summer flounder fishery, which means that recreational measures are established by each state;
  • Establishing a 9-inch minimum fish size, 30-fish possession limit, and a year-round open season for the scup fishery; and
  • Establishing a 12.5-inch minimum fish size, 15-fish possession limit, and open seasons of May 19-September 21 and October 18-December 31 for the black sea bass fishery.  

Please keep in mind that if the Federal minimum size, possession limit, 

and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.

For a copy of the Fishery Bulletin that contains more detailed information, including the summer flounder and black sea bass recreational measures for each state, click here.