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NOAA Fisheries Announces the 2023-2024 Recreational Fishing Season for Black Sea Bass in the South Atlantic Region


  • The 2023-2024 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic, south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (35°15.19′ N. latitude), will start on April 1, 2023, and end on March 31, 2024.
  • Estimates indicate recreational landings for the 2023-2024 fishing year will be below the 2023-2024 recreational catch limit. Therefore, black sea bass will be open for the entire 2023-2024 recreational fishing year.

Why This Announcement is Happening:

  • NOAA Fisheries projects that the 2023-2024 recreational catch limit of 366,510 pounds whole weight will not be met.
  • This announcement is in compliance with the current regulations which require NOAA Fisheries to announce the length of the recreational season.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at

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