NOAA Fisheries Proposes Changes to Cod and Haddock Recreational Regulations

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NOAA Fisheries Proposes 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 (FMP). The FMP 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 project that current measures for Gulf of Maine cod and haddock can be liberalized without the 2022 recreational fishery’s allocations being exceeded.

After consultation with the Council, we are proposing changes to Gulf of Maine cod and haddock management measures as recommended by the Council.

  Haddock Cod
Possession Limit Minimum Size (inches) Open Season Possession Limit Minimum Size Open Season (Private) Open Season (For-Hire)
Proposed Measures 20 17 May – February 28, April 1 – 30 1 22 September 1 – October 7, April 1 – 14 September 1 – October 7, April 1 – 14
Current Measures 15 17 May – February 28, April 15 -30 1 21 September 15 – 30, April 1 – 14 September 8 – October 7, April 1 – 14

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. The comment period is open through August 17, 2022.

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