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NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulation Changes
Written by Rod Houck   
Wednesday, 31 March 2010 12:58
The NJ DEP has announced new regulations for the recreational and commercial harvest of black sea bass, summer flounder, and weakfish became effective in New Jersey on March 25, 2010. New Jersey's adoption of the regulations was necessary to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Interstate Fishery Management Plans (FMP) for these species.

The regulation changes include a reduction in the recreational black sea bass season, a minor change in the summer flounder recreational season and a recreational and commercial possession limit reduction for weakfish.
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The ASMFC established a coastwide black sea bass season of May 22 through September 12:
which is now in effect in New Jersey. The recreational black sea bass possession limit and minimum size remain at 25 fish per day and 12.5 inches.


The same ASMFC Board approved the NJ Marine Fisheries Council recommendation to change the New Jersey summer flounder recreational season to May 29 through September 6, which includes both Memorial Day and Labor Day. The 2009 season was May 23 through September 4. The recreational possession limit and minimum size remain at 6 fish per day and 18 inches.

The ASMFC's Weakfish Management Board (Board) implemented stock-wide management measures to reduce the recreational and commercial weakfish possession limit due to a determination that the Atlantic Coast weakfish stock is currently depleted and at the lowest population level since estimates have been recorded (1981-2008). The Board implemented stock-wide management measures to promote stock rebuilding, which result in a recreational possession limit of one (1) fish per angler per day. The former New Jersey recreational possession limit was six fish per angler per day.

The new commercial weakfish regulations reduce the daily possession limit to 100 pounds during the open commercial season and establish a minimum size of 13 inches for all gear types at all times. During the closed commercial weakfish season, the possession limit has also been reduced to100 pounds and may only be kept if it does not exceed 50 percent, by weight, of the total weight of all species landed and sold.

 

Read More Here On The NJ Black Sea Bass, NJ Summer Flounder and NJ Weakfish Regulation Changes

 



 
Summer Flounder Proposals for 2010
Written by Rod Houck   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 08:31

flounder-large.jpgSummer Flounder proposals for 2010

"As for summer flounder, there will be a one percent reduction in quota and six options that have been submitted by the state approved by the technical committee for seasons and limits.

The options Were as follows


1)  6 fish @ 18"   from  May 29 to Sept 6      101 days
2)  4 fish @ 18"   from  May 23 to Sept 6      107 days
3)  6 fish @ 18.5  from  May 13 to Sept 13    124 days
4)  6 fish @ 18.5  from  May 29 to Sept 26    121 days
5)  6 fish @ 18.8  from  May 21 to Sept 12    115 days
6)  6 fish @ 18.5  from  May 29 to Sept 17    112 days

 

Update ( March 4th )

 

Tonight The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council opted for option #1. Which gives us both holidays. May 29 - Sept.6  (6) fish at 18"


 

 

 
NJ Saltwater Angler Registry
Written by Rod Houck   
Tuesday, 19 January 2010 05:26

(Edit) 5/8/2001 Since NJ Has instilled it's on Free Registry System,, you no longer need to register with NOAA.

You will need to Re-Register with NJ by following the Below Link.

 

A new federal law requires most saltwater fishermen to sign up with the National Saltwater Angler Registry. Registering is quick, easy, and FREE in 2010.

 

Already know you need to register?

Click the appropriate button below. Unless you operate a charter boat, head boat or guide
boat, you will want to click on the individual angler registration
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Bigger Catch For Black Sea Bass?
Written by Kirk Moore APP.com   
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 08:17
bilde.jpegIn the midst of a six-month shutdown of the black sea bass recreational fishery, science advisors to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have concluded that they underestimated the size of the black sea bass population, and now say 2010 catch limits can safely be increased by about 50 percent,

 

"It's not final, but it's a big hurdle," said Chris Zeman, a New Jersey representative on the council. "I was very happy. I remember looking at those (earlier) numbers back in October and thinking, 'This can't be right.' "

Black sea bass is the latest issue to divide government managers and the recreational angling community which is banned through March from fishing for the species in federal waters outside three miles. Several New Jersey and New York party boat operators could face civil fines over trips in November when customers kept the bass they caught.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials imposed the emergency ban in October, based on survey results that indicated the recreational sector would overshoot its share of the catch in 2009. Meanwhile, the Mid-Atlantic council lowered catch limits for 2010 at the recommendation of its science and statistical committee, despite a reassessment of black sea bass that showed the stock was not overfished as previously thought.  Read More Here on app.com

 
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