Commercial season for black sea bass opens north of Cape Hatteras

Published 10:37 am Sunday, December 12, 2021

North Carolina Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-63-2021 opened the Atlantic Ocean commercial black sea bass fishery north of Cape Hatteras at 12:01a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 and sets the harvest period and offload limits.

The fishery will close by proclamation once the annual North Carolina quota is reached or at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, whichever occurs first.

Size limit is 11 inches total length without caudal fin filament.

Harvest limit is 2,000 pounds per week, which is from Sunday at 12:01 a.m. to Saturday at midnight.

Consult proclamation FF-63-2021 for additional harvest period restrictions.