NOAA Posts 2015 Recreational Rules for Fluke, Sea Bass, Scup

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NOAA has approved the final 2015 minimum fish size, angler possession limits, and fishing season rules for the summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgies), and black sea bass (sea bass) recreational fisheries. States have already put their rules in place for the season.

NOAA is again implementing “conservation equivalency” for the summer flounder fishery. Conservation equivalency means that vessel owners are subject only to regulations in their state.

NOAA is also maintaining the year-round open season for recreational scup fishing and the minimum size remains 9”. The per-person per-trip possession limit has been increased to 50 scup per person. Please keep in mind that if the federal minimum size, possession limit, and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.

For the 2015 black sea bass recreational fishery, NOAA is maintaining the minimum size limit of 12.5” and a possession limit of 15 black sea bass per person per trip. The 2015 federal open seasons are May 15-September 21 and October 22-December 31 in federal waters. If the federal minimum size, possession limit, and/or season differ from the regulations for the state in which you will be landing, you must follow the more restrictive regulations.