Black Sea Bass, Photo/BoatingLocal

The Massachusetts Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission voted to increase the 2013 commercial catch of black sea bass and will open the season on August 6.

The change will allow pot fishermen to catch sea bass and sell to local markets when demand is highest. The move will also help reduce the harvest of egg-bearing female sea bass, which aggregate to spawn in early summer.

The 2013 commercial quota is 282,000 pounds, up from 225,000 pounds in 2012. The decision is the result of a state public hearing held in February.

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