Sea Bass, Black

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Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2018 to May 14th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to February 1st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Vessels with a Federal permit are subject to the most restrictive regulations, either Federal or State (based on state where you land).
    NOAA extended the federal waters open season from May 15 through December 31. For more information, see Greater Atlantic 2018 Recreational Management Measures
    To see regulations for a particular state, tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs cover your home port, then tap Set Location. Your state waters should be listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Additional Notes
    North of Cape Hatteras (35 deg 15.0321' N) black sea bass minimum size limit is 12.5 inches total length, the bag limit is 15 per person per day, and open seasons are May 15 - September 21 and October 22 - December 31.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.


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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Size Limit: 11inch Total Length minimum size limit.
    Trip Limit: Hook and Line Sector: OPEN with 300 pound gutted weight (354 lbs whole weight);
    Trip Limit: Pot sector: OPEN; 1000 pounds gutted weight (1180 pounds whole weight).
    May 1 to December 31 - 1,000 pound gutted weight (1180 pounds whole weight) commercial trip limit for hook-and-line gear. January 1 to April 30 - 300 pound gutted weight (354 whole weight) commercial trip limit for black sea bass using hook-and-line gear.)
    Commercial Quotas/Additional Requirements and Information:
    NOTE: Fishing year is January 1 through December 31 each year and remains open until the Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met.
    NOTE: January 1 to April 30 - 300 pound gutted weight commercial trip limit for black sea bass using hook-and-line gear. May 1 to December 31 - 1,000 pound gutted weight commercial trip limit for hook-and-line gear.
    The use of black sea bass pots is prohibited annually from November 1 through April 30, except for in areas shown in these Pot Maps.
    Pots allowed only north of Cape Canaveral, FL. Pot endorsement program is in place effective July 1, 2012.
    The use of at least a 2 inch mesh for the entire back panel of black sea bass pots is required.
    Black sea bass pots are to be removed from the water once quota is met.
    Stock North of Cape Hatteras, NC is managed separately by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
    All fish must be landed with heads and fin intact.
    The use of dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species is required.
    The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook and line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28-degrees N latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. (Quotas are given in gutted weights.)
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) -This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries
    Gear Restrictions Apply

    For more information, see: Black Sea Bass Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to February 1st, 2018
    from March 1st, 2018 to May 14th, 2018
    from September 22nd, 2018 to October 21st, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to February 1st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    It shall be unlawful for any person fishing recreationally to take, catch, or possess any black sea bass, from February 1 through February 28, without first having obtained a Recreational Black Sea Bass Permit from the Marine Resources Commission. It shall be unlawful for any black sea bass permittee to fail to contact the Marine Resources Commission Operation Station at (800) 541-4646 before returning to shore at the end of the fishing trip during the February black sea bass season.
    Vessels with a Federal permit are subject to the most restrictive regulations, either Federal or State (based on state where you land).
    Black sea bass total length shall be measured along the lateral midline from tip of nose to tip of tail excluding the caudal fin filament.
    Citation 5 lbs

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to May 14th, 2019
    from June 23rd, 2019 to June 30th, 2019
    from September 1st, 2019 to October 7th, 2019

  • License Required
    All saltwater anglers must register with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. To register, please visit http://www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov

  • Additional Notes
    May 15 to June 22 bag limit = 10 black sea bass per person.
    July 1 to August 31 bag limit = 2 black sea bass per person.
    October 8 to October 31 bag limit = 10 black sea bass per person.
    November 1 to December 31 bag limit = 15 black sea bass per person.
    Total length does not include tail filament.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from March 1st, 2018 to May 14th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to May 14th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The season is open May 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Anglers may keep up to 15 black sea bass per person per day. The minimum size is 12.5 inches.

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Black sea bass total length excludes the caudal fin filament.

    North of Cape Hatteras bag limit is increased to 15 black sea bass per person, the minimum size is 12.5 inches, and harvest is closed January 1 thru May 14.

    For more information see NCDENR Proclamations.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to June 23rd, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Possession limit is 7 black sea bass per person per day September 1 to December 31.
    Possession limit is 3 black sea bass per person per day June 24 to August 31.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from August 30th, 2017 to May 18th, 2018
    from September 13th, 2018 to April 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Black Sea Bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament.

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to June 22nd, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit = 7 fish per person September 1 - December 31.
    Bag limit = 3 fish per person June 23 - August 31.

    The tail filament is not included in measurement of Black Sea Bass total length.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 14th, 2018
    from September 22nd, 2018 to October 21st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Black sea bass total length excludes caudal filament.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2019 to May 18th, 2019
    from January 1st, 2020 to May 18th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    Measurement for total length does not include tail fin filament (tendril).
    Paying passengers on Party/Charter Vessels:
    Daily creel limit: 7 fish per angler
    Open Season: September 1 - December 31
    Daily Logbook Catch Reporting required on trips harvesting Black Sea Bass.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 18th, 2018
    from September 22nd, 2018 to October 17th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to May 18th, 2019
    from September 22nd, 2019 to October 17th, 2019

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Additional Notes
    No size limit. No bag limit.

  • Measurements Min Size: 10 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limit = 100 pounds .

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 13 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Length does not include tail filament/extension.

  • Bag Limit 8

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Possession limit increases to 10 fish per person on November 1. The tail filament is not included in measurement of Black Sea Bass total length.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

  • Bag Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12.5 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to May 14th, 2018
    from January 1st, 2019 to May 14th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Black sea bass in all coastal fishing waters north of Cape Hatteras (35° 15.3'N Latitude) is open in one harvest period beginning Tuesday, May 15, 2018 through December 31, 2018. For more information see NCDENR Proclamation FF-19-2018.
    Black sea bass total length excludes the caudal fin filament.
    South of Cape Hatteras bag limit is 7 black sea bass per person, the minimum size is 13 inches, and there is no closed season.

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