- The 2020-2021 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic, south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (35°15.9′ N. latitude), will open on April 1, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., local time and remain open through March 31, 2021.
- The recreational fishing season for black sea bass in the South Atlantic region begins on April 1st and ends when the recreational catch limit is predicted to be met.
- Estimates indicate recreational landings for the 2020-2021 fishing year will be below the 2020-2021 recreational catch limit. Therefore, black sea bass will be open for the entire 2020-2021 recreational fishing year.
WHY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS HAPPENING:
- NOAA Fisheries projects that the 2020-2021 recreational catch limit of 381,330 pounds whole weight will not be met because recreational landings in the past three fishing years were substantially below this amount.
- This announcement is in compliance with the current regulations which require NOAA Fisheries to announce the length of the recreational season.
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