NH Proposes Haddock Limit Reduction, Cod Moratorium


New Hampshire Fish & Game officials have proposed a moratorium on recreational cod fishing in state waters, after recent stock assessments show the population of cod remains at historic lows in New England. The proposal recommends that all cod be released in state waters, year-round.

 Officials are also proposing to limit the number of haddock that may be kept, from 15 to 12 fish per person per day. The seasonal closure period for recreationally caught haddock may also be extended to September 17 through October 31, and March 1 through April 14.

 The Department Fish & Game will hosting a public hearing on the issue July 25 in Portsmouth.