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NEW REGULATIONS FOR FLUKE, BLACK SEA BASS,
TAUTOG, COD & HADDOCK

April 30, 1998

For more information contact:
Bruce Halgren at 609-748-2020

In cooperation with management initiatives currently being adopted all along the Atlantic coast, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife recently implemented changes to the possession limits, size limits and seasons for several marine species harvested in state waters.

"When all the states throughout the range of a species work cooperatively, the results can be extremely gratifying," said Director Bob McDowell. "Striped bass, summer flounder and, more recently, weakfish have all increased in abundance and we anticipate similar results with black sea bass and tautog."

Summer flounder, commonly called fluke, will now have a minimum size limit of 15 inches and a possession limit of eight fish. There is no closed season on the summer flounder fishery in New Jersey.

The size limit for tautog, also called blackfish, has been increased from 13 to 14 inches along with a possession limit of 10 fish from October 10 - May 31, and one fish from June 1 - October 9. The minimum size limit for black sea bass has been increased from 9 to 10 inches and a short closed season has been implemented from August 1-15. The minimum size limits for cod and haddock have also increased from 19 to 21 inches.