South Atlantic Black Sea Bass Recreational Season is Open

April 08, 2019

FB19-020: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Nikhil Mehta, 727-551-5098, nikhil.mehta@noaa.gov

KEY MESSAGE:

  • The 2019-2020 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), is open and will close April 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., local time.  
  • 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 2019-2020 fishing year will be below the 2019-2020 recreational catch limit.  Therefore, black sea bass will be open for the entire 2019-2020 recreational fishing year, ending April 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., local time.

 

WHY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS HAPPENING:

  • NOAA Fisheries projects that the 2019-2020 recreational catch limit of 433,200 pounds whole weight will not be met as recreational landings in the past three fishing years were substantially below this value.
  • This announcement is in compliance with the final rule for Regulatory Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, which published on November 7, 2014 (79 FR 66316).

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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 27, 2019