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Northeast Multispecies Fishery: Fishing Year 2019 Recreational Management Measures


Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Emily Keiley, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9116


The 2019 Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational management measures have changed. We are opening a 2-week season (September 15-30) for Gulf of Maine cod, the possession limit will be 1 fish per person, and the minimum size will be 21 inches. We are also increasing the possession limit for Gulf of Maine haddock from 12 to 15 fish, and have removed the fall closure to increase access to this healthy stock.

This action also decreases the minimum size of Georges Bank cod to 21 inches. The possession limit and season remain the same.


Reminder: Current Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Recreational Measures

Current recreational fishing measures for the Gulf of Maine cod and haddock fishery remain in place until we implement Fishing Year 2020 measures. The recreational Gulf of Maine cod fishery is closed until September 15, 2020.
March 19, 2020 -

Reminder: Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Recreational Measures

The Gulf of Maine recreational cod season closes for the remainder of the fishing year on October 1.
September 26, 2019 -

Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishing Year 2019 Recreational Rules

New rules open Gulf of Maine cod season, increase Gulf of Maine haddock possession limits, and reduce Georges Bank cod minimum size.
July 03, 2019 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 06/06/2022