The Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries has amended the state’s groundfish regulations to complement federal groundfish regulations.
Recreational possession of Gulf of Maine haddock, ocean pout, and windowpane flounder are affected starting this July (2013).
For 2013, the National Marine Fisheries Service required, as an accountability measure, the recreational minimum size for Gulf of Maine haddock be increased to 21”. Accordingly, the state’s minimum size for haddock caught by recreational anglers in the state’s Gulf of Maine Management Area is now 21” (effective July 1, 2013).
This minimum size increase was enacted by an emergency regulation and will be effective for a period of 90 days. A public hearing to implement the emergency regulation beyond the 90 days will be held on July 29.
Ocean Pout and Windowpane Flounder:
The retention and possession of ocean pout and windowpane flounder caught in state waters is now prohibited (effective July 5, 2013).