NOAA Fisheries says no more cod fishing for fun



GLOUCESTER, MASS. — Federal regulators had some bad news for New England’s recreational saltwater fishermen this week.

NOAA Fisheries announced new management measures for the recreational cod and haddock fisheries in the Gulf of Maine.

Effective Thursday, July 27, the regulators banned all recreational cod fishing in the waters between Cape Cod and the Canadian border known as the Gulf of Maine Regulated Mesh Area.

The ban applies to possession of any cod by recreational fishermen.

In addition, NOAA has reduced the daily bag limit for haddock from 15 fish to 12 and will close the fishery from Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. The Gulf of Maine recreational haddock fishery is already closed between March 1 and April 14 each year. The 17-inch minimum size limit remains unchanged.

The regulatory changes arose from recognition that last year’s recreational catch of both cod and haddock was far larger than anticipated.

Landings of cod by recreational fishermen exceeded the 2016 harvest limit set by federal regulators (157 metric tons) by 92 percent. The haddock catch exceeded the harvest limit (928 metric tons) by 15 percent.

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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