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2012 Haddock limits ..Fluke , seabass, Scup. Pay attention folks.

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A-lot of reading but scroll ahead.

 

NOAA announces revisions to the Gulf of Maine haddock possession limit and minimum fish size for recreational anglers. This action implements a 9-fish haddock possession limit per angler per trip, and increases the minimum fish size for haddock in the Gulf of Maine to 19 inches for private recreational anglers and charter/party vessels. The deadline for public comments on this interim final rule is January 17, 2012. For more information, including a copy of the rule, http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs/com.html

 

NOAA implements commercial quotas and recreational harvest limits for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries, effective January 1, 2012. The deadline for public comments on this interim final rule is January 30, 2012. For more information,

 

http://www.nero.noaa.gov/nero/regs/frdoc/11/11SFSBSB2012SpecsIR.pdf

 

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I searched through the NOAA's science-speak until my eyes glazed over. :kook: Have limits been changed for Mass/RI waters for scup, seabass, and fluke for 2012, and, if so, what are they?

 

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Have limits been changed for Mass/RI waters for scup, seabass, and fluke for 2012, and, if so, what are they?

 

Per table 1, on page 10-

for RI, a drop of approx. 64,000 lbs in the commercial quota for fluke...Rec limits will be basically status, i.e., depending on RI Fluke Advisory Panel mtgs, Public Hearing/RIMFC decisions. Scup will go up dramatically, both commercially and recreationally....Sea Bass is still status quo (even though all parties agree that they are rebounding really well...NOAA doesn't think so ...based on their trawler sampling)..

 

for minutes of last RIMFC discussing some aspects of above-

http://www.dem.state.ri.us/programs/bnatres/fishwild/mfminits/120511.pdf

 

 

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NOAA announces revisions to the Gulf of Maine haddock possession limit and minimum fish size for recreational anglers. This action implements a 9-fish haddock possession limit per angler per trip, and increases the minimum fish size for haddock in the Gulf of Maine to 19 inches for private recreational anglers and charter/party vessels. The deadline for public comments on this interim final rule is January 17, 2012.

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typically MA won't annouce rec season regs for species like scup, seabass, and fluke till later in the winter or early spring.  Recall that last year the size limit on fluke was reduced by 1" to 17.5", and after much turmoil regarding seabass, they gave us a 10 fish 14" limit, which was fine by me so long as we can still fish in late may/june. 


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