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Reminder: Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock Recreational Measures

Reminder: Recreational fishing measures from fishing year 2018 for the Gulf of Maine cod and haddock fishery remain in place until we develop and implement any changes in fishing year 2019. The recreational Gulf of Maine haddock fishery reopens April 15, 2019, and anglers may keep 12 fish, with a minimum size of 17 inches. Gulf of Maine cod possession is prohibited.

Recreational Fishing Measures for Gulf of Maine Cod and Haddock


Gulf of Maine Haddock

Gulf of Maine Cod

Bag Limit

Size Limit


Bag Limit

Size Limit




17 inches

Open: April 15 – September 16

and November 1 – February 28/29

Closed: Sept 17 – Oct 31 and Mar 1 – Apr 14



Gulf of Maine Cod Possession Prohibited


Bag limits are per person per day and size limits are minimum total length.

The New England Fishery Management Council has recommended fishing year 2019 (May 1, 2019-April 30, 2020) recreational groundfish measures. We are currently developing the proposed rule. We do not expect to publish a final rule implementing any changes by May 1, 2019. Therefore, the 2018 regulations will remain in effect until they are replaced.

More information on the current recreational measures.

Questions (Fishermen)? Contact Emily Keiley, 978-281-9116.