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Reminder: Current Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Recreational Measures

March 19, 2020

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.


Current Recreational Fishing Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock

Atlantic Cod

Open Season: September 15–30
Minimum Size: 21 inches
Possession Limit: 1 fish per day


Open Season: May 1–February 28/29; April 15–30
Minimum Size: 17 inches
Possession Limit: 15 fish per day

New Regulations Expected Summer 2020

The New England Fishery Management Council has recommended fishing year 2020 (May 1, 2020-April 30, 2021) recreational groundfish measures. The recommended changes, if approved, would not impact the fishery until 2021, as we will not be able to implement the 2020 recreational measures by May 1, 2020. We are developing the proposed rule and expect to implement it in early summer 2020.

Additional information on the current recreational measures can be found on the recreational fishing regulations by species page.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on January 03, 2023