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Black Sea Bass 2017 Recreational Management Measures Status Quo

Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
May 25, 2017
Federal black sea bass recreational fishery measures for 2017 are unchanged from those currently in the regulations.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council recommended that no adjustments for black sea bass recreational management measures are needed for the 2017 fishery in Federal waters.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently made adjustments to management measures in state waters for New Jersey through Massachusetts to constrain recreational catch.  As a result, we are maintaining status quo measures in Federal waters this year.  The measures are summarized in the table below.

Table 1.  2017 Black Sea Bass Federal Recreational Fishery Management Measures


Minimum Size (Inches)

Possession Limit

Open Season

Black Sea Bass


15 fish

May 15-September 21

October 22-December 31

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.  Please contact your state for information on your state’s black sea bass regulations.

If you have additional questions on black sea bass recreational management measures after reading this letter, please call the Sustainable Fisheries Division at (978) 281-9315.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.