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Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass 2019 Recreational Management Measures

July 02, 2019

Follow your state regulations for summer flounder. Black sea bass and scup recreational rules are the same as 2018.

Effective Date: July 2, 2019

Summer Flounder

For the summer flounder recreational fishery, we are continuing “conservation equivalency.” This means we waive the federal recreational bag limit, minimum fish size, and fishing season, and vessel owners are subject to regulations in the state where they land.

Please contact your state for information on summer flounder regulations that apply to you.  

Black Sea Bass

Open Season: May 15-December 31

Minimum Size: 12.5 inches

Bag Limit: 15 per trip


Open Season: All year

Minimum Size: 9 inches

Bag Limit: 50 per trip

Follow Most Restrictive Rules

Please keep in mind that if the federal minimum size, possession limit, and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.


If you have additional questions on the recreational management measures, please call the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315.