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February 10, 2011

Black sea bass recreational harvest to close Feb. 12

Recreational harvest of black sea bass will close at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 12, after the National Marine Fisheries Service has projected that the annual catch limit of 409,000 pounds has been reached. As required by federal law, harvest must be kept below this level to prevent fish from being removed too quickly, and to rebuild the overfished black sea bass population.

The commercial fishery for black sea bass closed in October after the commercial limit of 309,000 pounds was reached.

The recreational fishery for this species will open again on June 1, 2011.

For more information contact NOAA Fisheries Service at (727) 824-5305.


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