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Release: Immediate
Date: May 10, 2016
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

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

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.

The 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 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 five fish per person per day. The recreational black sea bass season begins April 1 each year and closes when the quota is met. The 2015-2016 season is open.

For more specific regulations on black sea bass, see Proclamation FF-24-2016 for North of Cape Hatteras or Proclamation FF-71-2015 for South of Cape Hatteras at http://ncmarinefisheries.net/proclamations.

For more information, contact Chris Batsavage at 252-808-8009 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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