South Carolina Black Sea Bass catch limit likely lowered to five
The daily recreational catch limit of black sea bass will be reduced from 15 to five fish per angler in a recommendation by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council.
If approved by the NOAA Fishery Service, the new catch limit will go into effect when the 2011 fishing season for black sea bass starts on June 1. The reduced catch limit was recommended in an attempt to extend recreational fishing for black sea bass during the upcoming season.
Black sea bass catches are set annually in the Southeast by quota with recreational anglers allowed 57 percent of the annual harvest. The recreational quota was met in February of this year and all recreational fishing for the species ended for the current fishing year.
Black sea bass are considered an overfished species and are in the midst of a 10-year rebuilding plan. A new stock assessment of black sea bass will be completed by the end of 2011.