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NOAA Fisheries Approves Changes to Cod and Haddock Recreational Regulations

The recreational fishery for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock is managed under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan.  The Plan provides the Regional Administrator authority, in consultation with the New England Fishery Management Council, to develop recreational management measures to ensure that the recreational catch limits for these stocks are achieved, but not exceeded.

We are implementing changes to Gulf of Maine cod and haddock recreational management measures, as recommended by the Council.

 Haddock Cod
Possession LimitMinimum Size (inches)Open Season Possession LimitMinimum SizeOpen Season (Private)Open Season (For-Hire)
New Measures2017May 1 – Feb 28, and  April 1 – 30122Sept 1 – Oct 7, and April 1 – 14Sept 1 – Oct 7, and April 1 – 14

For more information, read the final rule as filed in the Federal Register or our bulletin.

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