Gulf of Maine Cod & Haddock Season Could Be Extended

The New England Fishery Management Council has approved measures that would grant recreational anglers two extra weeks of fishing for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock starting in 2021. However, the Council’s recommendations still require approval by NOAA Fisheries.

For Gulf of Maine cod, the council recommended instituting a two-week spring open season running April 1-14, 2021, in addition to the existing fall season of September 15-30. The daily bag limit for Gulf of Maine cod would remain at one fish per day per angler, with a minimum size of 21 inches.

Anglers would also be allowed to fish for haddock May 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021, and April 1-30, 2021 (two weeks longer in April than the current fishing year), leaving only March 2021 closed to recreational fishing for haddock, assuming the seasons are approved.

The daily bag limit for haddock would remain at 15 fish per person with a minimum size of 17 inches.

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