Reminder: Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Recreational Measures

April 04, 2019

The recreational Gulf of Maine haddock fishery reopens April 15, 2019, and anglers may keep 12 fish, with a minimum size of 17 inches. Gulf of Maine cod continues to be prohibited.

Reminder: Recreational fishing measures from fishing year 2018 for the Gulf of Maine cod and haddock fishery remain in place until we develop and implement any changes in fishing year 2019.

The recreational Gulf of Maine haddock fishery reopens April 15, 2019. Anglers may keep 12 fish, with a minimum size of 17 inches. Gulf of Maine cod possession is prohibited.

Recreational Fishing Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock

  Gulf of Maine Haddock Gulf of Maine Cod
Year Bag Limit Size Limit Season Bag Limit Size Limit Season
2018 12 17 inches

Open: Apr 15-Sept 16, Nov 1-Feb 28/29

Closed: Sept 17-Oct 31, Mar 1-Apr 14

Prohibited

Bag limits are per person per day and size limits are minimum total length.

The New England Fishery Management Council has recommended fishing year 2019 (May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020) recreational groundfish measures. We are currently developing the proposed rule. We do not expect to publish a final rule implementing any changes by May 1, 2019. Therefore, the 2018 regulations will remain in effect until they are replaced.

More information on the current recreational measures.

Questions?

Contact Emily Keiley, Regional Office, 978-281-9116, emily.keiley@noaa.gov

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on April 04, 2019