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NOAA Fisheries Seeks Comments on Proposed 2018 Groundfish Recreational Regulations in the Gulf of Maine and on Georges Bank

March 22, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on proposed groundfish recreational measures for 2018. Under the proposed measures, recreational possession of Gulf of Maine cod would continue to be prohibited. 

The Gulf of Maine haddock possession limit would be reduced from 12 to 10 fish for the charter/party (for-hire) fleet and a new closed season would be implemented in May for private anglers. The minimum size for Gulf of Maine haddock would be unchanged. Status quo measures may be sufficient, depending on recreational management measures adopted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

For Georges Bank cod, we are proposing an increase to the minimum size from 22 to 24 inches, and a possession limit for the for-hire fleet, set at 10 fish. Status quo measures may be sufficient depending on updated catch information.

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.

The comment period is open through April 6.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175