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Black sea bass fishery opens April 15 north of Cape Hatteras

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-14-2018 sets the harvest periods and limits for the Atlantic Ocean commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras.

The fishery will open 12:01 a.m., April 15, and close 6 p.m., Sept. 30, 2018.

The fishery will close by proclamation once the annual North Carolina quota is reached or at 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, whichever occurs first.

Size limit is 11 inches total length, excluding caudal fin filament, north of Cape Hatteras.

The harvest limit for fish pots, traps, and/or hook and line gear, regardless of the number of people involved, is 1,000 pounds of black sea bass per week.

The harvest limit for trawls, regardless of the number of people involved, is 2,000 pounds of black sea bass during the harvest period.

The harvest limit for any commercial fishing operation employing any other gear not listed above, regardless of the number of people involved, is 200 pounds of black sea bass per trip.