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Proposed Changes to Cod and Haddock Recreational Regulations in the Gulf of Maine for Fishing Year 2022

Overview

Fishing Type
Recreational
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
08/02/2022
Comments Close
08/17/2022 - Submit a comment
Point of Contact
Kyle Molton, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9236

Summary

The recreational fishery for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock is managed under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The FMP provides the Regional Administrator authority, in consultation with the New England Fishery Management Council, to develop recreational management measures to ensure that the recreational catch limits for these stocks are achieved, but not exceeded. We project that current measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock can be liberalized without the 2022 recreational fishery’s allocations being exceeded.

After consultation with the Council, we are proposing changes to Gulf of Maine cod and haddock management measures as recommended by the Council.

Haddock

Cod

Possession Limit

Minimum Size (inches)

Open Season

Possession Limit

Minimum Size

Open Season (Private)

Open Season (For-Hire)

Proposed Measures

20

17

May - February 28, April 1 - 30

1

22

September 1 – October 7, April 1 - 14

September 1 – October 7, April 1 - 14

Current Measures

15

17

May – February 28, April 15 -30

1

21

September 15 - 30, April 1 - 14

September 8 - October 7, April 1 - 14

Federal Register

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 08/02/2022

Recreational Fishing