Black Sea Bass in the South Atlantic

Fishing for black sea bass has been restricted since 2006, after scientists advised that black sea bass needed to be rebuilt following decades of excessive fishing pressure.  A new scientific assessment shows strict regulations have been successful, and the population is healthy.  The South Atlantic Council has approved a regulatory amendment to increase catches for fishermen.  The regulatory amendment is under review and could be implemented in late summer. 

For more information contact 

Rick DeVictor (Rick.Devictor@noaa.gov) or 

Kate Michie (Kate.Michie@noaa.gov)

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Photo credit: NOAA George McFall/Taken at Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (off Georgia) 1-6-2012