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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Date: May 4, 2017
Phone: 252-726-7021

Recreational black sea bass season reopens May 15
North of Cape Hatteras

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Correction: Changes bag limit South of Hatteras to seven fish per day in fourth graph

MOREHEAD CITY — The recreational black sea bass fishing season will open May 15 in both federal and North Carolina waters north of Cape Hatteras.

During the open season, the minimum size limit will be 12.5 inches total length (tip of the snout to the tip of the tail), and the bag limit will be 15 fish per person, per day. The season will close Sept. 21, and will reopen again from Oct. 22 through Dec. 31.

North Carolina’s recreational black sea bass regulations north of Cape Hatteras comply with the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Plan. The 2017 regulations are subject to change during the season to remain in compliance with this plan. Anglers should check the North Carolina Recreational Coastal Waters Guide for Sports Fishermen for changes.

The recreational black sea bass fishery south of Cape Hatteras is managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. South of Cape Hatteras, the minimum size limit is 13 inches total length and the bag limit is seven fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2016-2017 season is open.

For more specific regulations on black sea bass, see Proclamation FF-16-2017 for North of Cape Hatteras or Proclamation FF-68-2016 for South of Cape Hatteras.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • 252-726-7021 or 800-682-2632

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