2011 Black Sea Bass Quota Reduced

Black Sea Bass, photo by ##http://newenglandboating.com/author/tom## Tom Richardson##

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission‘s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board has approved state-by-state shares for the 2011 black sea bass recreational season in order to mitigate potential disproportionate impacts to an individual state(s) that coastwide measures may cause.

The 2010 regulations resulted in a preliminary estimated harvest of 2.98 million pounds, approximately 1.15 million pounds above the 2010 target. Given that the 2010 regulations were not effective in staying within the target, coastwide harvest will need to be reduced by 37% to achieve, but not exceed, the 2011 target of 1.78 million pounds.

Under state-by-state shares the following states will need to reduce
harvest by the identified amount:

  • Massachusetts (43%)
  • Rhode Island (37%)
  • Connecticut (37%)
  • New York (39%)
  • New Jersey (40%)
  • North Carolina (37%)

Over the next 3 months, the states will need to submit their proposed recreational measures to meet the required reduction for technical review
and Board approval. The new measures could mean shorter seasons, lower catch limits and/or increased size limits, or some combination of the 3.

These required reductions apply to state waters for the 2011 fishing season only. Recreational measures for the 2012 fishing season will be coastwide
unless the Board decides to change that through future management action.

Full Commission Report (PDF):

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Addendum XXI

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