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FB18-018
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: March 21, 2018
CONTACT: Nikhil Mehta, 727-551-5098Nikhil.Mehta@noaa.gov

South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin
South Atlantic Black Sea Bass Recreational Season Starts April 1, 2018

KEY MESSAGE:

The 2018-2019 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic, south of 35°15.9′ N. latitude (Cape Hatteras, North Carolina), will start on April 1, 2018, and end at 12:01 a.m., local time, on April 1, 2019.  Estimates indicate recreational landings for the 2018-2019 fishing year will be below the 2018-2019 recreational catch limit.  Therefore, black sea bass will be open for the entire 2018-2019 recreational fishing year.

WHY THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS HAPPENING:

  • This announcement is in compliance with the final rule for Regulatory Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, which published on November 7, 2014 (79 FR 66316).
  • NOAA Fisheries projects that the 2018-2019 recreational catch limit of 1,001,177 pounds whole weight will not be met as recreational landings in the past three fishing years were substantially below this value.

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