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FB17-004

Fishery Bulletin Issue Date: January 25, 2017

Contact: Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305

 

Atlantic Cobia (Georgia through New York)

Recreational Fishing Season is Closed in Federal Waters

 

WHAT/WHEN:

Recreational harvest of Atlantic migratory group cobia (from Georgia through New York) closed at 12:01 a.m. on January 24, 2017, in federal waters.  Recreational harvest of cobia will remain closed until January 1, 2018. 

WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

DURING THE CLOSURE:

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=76c2b80788a139f1549b85d3764437b0&mc=true&n=pt50.12.622&r=PART&ty=HTML#sp50.12.622.q

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In-Season Recreational Cobia Closure for Fishing Year 2017

January 2017

When will recreational Atlantic migratory group cobia (Georgia through New York) be closed?  

Who will be affected? 

Why did NOAA Fisheries close the 2017 Atlantic cobia recreational fishing season?

Table 1.  Recreational and commercial catch limit, annual catch target, and landings, in pounds, for Atlantic migratory group cobia.

 

Year

Catch Limits

Annual Catch Target

Landings

 

Recreational

Commercial

Total

Recreational

Recreational

Commercial

2015

630,000

60,000

690,000

520,000

1,554,394

82,848

2016

620,000

50,000

670,000

500,000

1,336,012

48,904

Average of 2015 and 2016 total landings

1,511,079

 

Why are the landings higher in recent years?

Why is a closure occurring if most landings are from state waters?

Why does this closure not apply to fishermen off the east coast of Florida?

 

Figure 1:  Cobia Migratory Group Boundaries

 

Will the closure for cobia apply to commercial fishermen?

What is the status of the population?

Can I fish for cobia in state waters?

Are new regulations being considered to extend the federal fishing season in 2017?

How can I get more information about the in-season closure?

 

 

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