NOAA Announces Recreational Rules for Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass & Scup


HYANNIS – NOAA Fisheries has announced the 2018 recreational rules for summer flounder, black sea bass and scup.

Federal officials are continuing “conservation equivalency” for summer flounder and have waived the recreational bag limit, minimum fish size and fishing season for the fishery. Fishermen are subject to regulations set by the state where the fish land.

In federal waters, the black sea bass trip limit is 15 fish that are at least 12.5 inches in length. The black sea bass season is open from through December 31 and there is no longer a closure period from September 22 to October 21.

Scup recreational measures are unchanged from last year with a nine-inch minimum size. There is also a scup possession limit of 50 fish per person per trip. The fishery remains open year round.

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