Black sea bass commercial fishery north of Cape Hatteras open
Published 6:36 am Monday, September 14, 2020
North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-34-2020 opened the Atlantic Ocean commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 and set the harvest period and offload limits. The fishery will close by proclamation once the annual North Carolina quota is reached.
Under the proclamation, “it is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation employing fish pots, traps, and/or hook and line gear, regardless of the number of people involved, to possess or land more than 1,500 pounds of black sea bass per week. For the purpose of this proclamation, a week shall be from 12:01 a.m. Sunday to midnight the following Saturday.
“It is unlawful for a commercial fishing operation employing any other gear not listed above (including trawls) to possess or land more than 100 pounds of black sea bass per trip.”
It is unlawful to possess black sea bass less than 11 inches total length (excluding the caudal fin filament) north of Cape Hatteras.