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Marine Fisheries - nr-48-2011 Seasonal Closure Black Sea Bass

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: (252) 726-7021
Date: Sept. 22,  2011

Seasonal Closure Begins Monday for Recreational
Black Sea Bass Fishery North of Cape Hatteras

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is reminding fishermen that the recreational black sea bass fishery will close Monday in all coastal waters north of Cape Hatteras.

The closure will remain in effect until Oct. 31.

The closure complies with management measures approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission in April after the coast-wide recreational fishery exceeded the recreational allocation for 2010.

Each state was required to develop regulations to reduce the recreational black sea bass harvest in 2011 by 37 percent. Management measures approved for North Carolina’s recreational black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras were a 12.5-inch minimum size limit, 25-fish bag limit, and open seasons from July 1 to Sept. 25 and Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.

For more information, contact division biologist Chris Batsavage at (252) 808-8088 or Chris.Batsavage@ncdenr.gov.

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N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries • 3441 Arendell Street • Morehead City, NC 28557 • (252) 726-7021 or 1-800-682-2632

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