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Reminder of Federal Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass

December 20, 2018

Effective Date: January 1, 2019

As of January 1, 2019, the following Federal recreational measures will be in place:



Size (inches)

Possession Limit

Summer Flounder

May 15-Sept 15



Black Sea Bass

Feb 1-28; May 15-Dec 31




Year Round



During the early part of 2019, we will work with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to determine if we are able to waive the summer flounder Federal recreational measures, a process called “conservation equivalency.” This annual process will be finalized later this spring, at which point we will send out another bulletin announcing any adjustments to the Federal summer flounder recreational measures. 

The Commission and Council recently recommended maintaining the current scup and black sea bass recreational measures for 2019, so long as the states implement measures designed to restrain catch to the recreational harvest limits for those species. Should any adjustments be necessary to Federal measures, we will announce changes in a future bulletin later this spring.

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.

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.