2013 Coastal – Recreational Regulations


2013 Coastal – Recreational Regulations

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Species Gear Type Season Sizes Limits Comments
Coastal American Eel Eel pot 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 6” or greater 25/person/day If pot mesh is <½” x ½”, an escape panel is required made of ½” x ½” mesh measuring at least 16 sq. in. With a recreational crab license-10 pots for bait for personal use.Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:54 AM.
Coastal American or Hickory Shad [SEASON CLOSED] -  Harvest ProhibitedLast updated on 10/4/2012 1:05:10 PM.
Coastal Black Drum Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 Mon thru Sun 16” or greater 1/person/day and not more than 6/boat/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:48:59 AM.
Coastal Black Sea Bass Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 2/28/2013 12 1/2″ or greater 15/person/day Last updated on 1/8/2013 11:03:40 AM.
Coastal Blue Crab (Hard, Soft & Peeler) Trap, Ring, Handline, Trotline, Dip Net, Seine, Pot (private) 4/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 See to Comment 1 bu (mixed)/person/day (max of 2 bushels on a vessel with 2 or more people on board) 5″ – Hard 3 1/2″ – Soft 3 1/4″ – Peeler April 1 – July 14 3 1/2″ – Peeler July 15 – Dec 31 See regulation for limit on trotline lengthLast updated on 1/7/2013 10:54:41 AM.
Coastal Bluefish Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 8″ or greater 10/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:08 AM.
Coastal Croaker Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 9” or greater 25/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:19 AM.
Coastal Grouper Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 None 1/person/day of any of the species listed under comments Includes: (a) Black grouper (Mycteroperca bonaci); (b) Coney (Cephalopholis fulva); (c) Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis); (d) Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara); (e) Graysby (Cephalopholis cruentata); (f) Misty grouper (Epinephelus mystacinus); (g) Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus); (h) Red grouper (Epinephelus morio); (i) Red hind (Epinephelus guttatus); (j) Rock hind (Epinephelus adscensionis); (k) Scamp (Mycteroperca phenax); (l) Snowy grouper (Epinephelus niveatus); (m) Speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi); (n) Tiger grouper (Mycteroperca tigris); (o) Warsaw grouper (Epinephelus nigritus); (p) Wreckfish (Polyprion americanus); (q) Yellowedge grouper (Epinephelus flavolimbatus); (r) Yellowfin grouper (Mycteroperca venenosa); and (s) Yellowmouth grouper (Mycteroperca interstitialis).Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:22 AM.
Coastal Hard Clam Rake, Tong 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 Transverse 1” or greater 250/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:23 AM.
Coastal Herring [SEASON CLOSED] -  Harvest ProhibitedLast updated on 10/4/2012 1:17:29 PM.
Coastal Lobster Hand 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 3-3/8″ to 5-1/2″ (see comments) 100/person/day or 500/person/trip for 5 day or longer trip. V-notched females prohibited Spearing prohibited Measure from rear end of eye socket along center line of body shell to rear of the body shell Contact National Marine Fisheries Service (978) 281-9278 for updates in EEZLast updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:27 AM.
Coastal Red Drum Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 18” to 27″ 1/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:33 AM.
Coastal Scup Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 8″ or greater 50/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:36 AM.
Coastal Sharks Handline, Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 See comments or greater SHORE FISHING: 1/person/day of the species listed in comments VESSEL LIMIT: 1/vessel/trip of the species listed in comments regardless of the number of people on board IN ADDITION TO THE LIMITS ABOVE, a person may catch: 1 additional Smooth Dogfish and 1 additional Atlantic sharpnose and 1 additional Bonnethead No finning Head, tails and fins attachedClosure Period (applies to species with minimum fork length): May 15 – July 15No fork length: (1) Smooth Dogfish; (2) Atlantic sharpnose; (3) Finetooth; (4) Blacknose; (5) Bonnethead54″ fork length: (6) Tiger; (7) Blacktip; (8) Spinner; (9) Bull; (10) Lemon; (11) Nurse; (12) Scalloped hammerhead; (13) Great hammerhead; (14) Smooth hammerhead; (15) Shortfin mako; (16) Porbeagle; (17) Common thresher; (18) Oceanic whitetip; and (19) Blue Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:42 AM.
Coastal Snapper Grouper Complex Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 None 20/person/day of any species or combination of species listed in comments Includes: (a) Queen snapper (Etelis oculatus); (b) Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus); (c) Gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus); (d) Mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis); (e) Lane snapper (Lutjanus synagris); (f) Cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus); (g) Dog snapper (Lutjanus jocu); (h) Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus); (i) Mahogany snapper (Lutjanus mahogoni); (j) Vermilion snapper (Rhomboplites aurorubens); (k) Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus); (l) Silk snapper (Lutjanus vivanus); (m) Blackfin snapper (Lutjanus buccanella); (n) Black snapper (Apsilus dentatus); (o) Red porgy (Pagrus pagrus); (p) Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus); (q) Knobbed porgy (Calamus nodosus); (r) Jolthead porgy (Calamus bajonado); (s) Whitebone porgy (Calamus leucosteus); (t) Saucereye porgy (Calamus calamus); (u) Grass porgy (Calamus arctifrons); (v) Longspine porgy (Stenotomus caprinus); (w) White grunt (Haemulon plumieri); (x) Black margate (Anistotremus surinamensis); (y) Margate (Haemulon album); (z) Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineatum); (aa) Sailor’s choice (Haemulon parra); (bb) Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus); (cc) Bluestriped grunt (Haemulon sciurus); (dd) French grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum); (ee) Cottonwick (Haemulon melanurum); (ff) Spanish grunt (Haemulon macrostomum); (gg) Smallmouth grunt (Haemulon chrysargeryum); (hh) Greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili); (ii) Crevalle jack (Caranx hippos); (jj) Blue runner (Caranx crysos); (kk) Almaco jack (Seriola rivoliana); (ll) Banded rudderfish (Seriola zonanta); (mm) Bar jack (Caranx ruber); (nn) Lesser amberjack (Seriola fasciata); (oo) Yellow jack (Caranx bartholomaei); (pp) Gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus); (qq) Ocean triggerfish (Canthidermis sufflamen); (rr) Queen triggerfish (Balistes vetula); (ss) Hogfish (Lachnolaimus maximus); (tt) Puddingwife (Halichoeres radiates); and (uu) Atlantic spadefish (Chaetodipterus faber).Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:49:46 AM.
Coastal Spanish Mackerel Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 14” or greater 15/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:23 AM.
Coastal Spiny Dogfish Hook & Line -  See comments or greater See Federal Rules See Federal Rules Finning is prohibitedLast updated on 4/12/2011 12:45:42 PM.
Coastal Spotted Sea Trout Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 14″ or greater 10/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:50:43 AM.
Coastal Striped Bass Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 28″ or greater 2/person/day No area restrictions Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:05 AM.
Coastal Sturgeon (Atlantic and Shortnose) [SEASON CLOSED] -  Harvest ProhibitedLast updated on 10/4/2012 1:38:52 PM.
Coastal Summer Flounder Hook & Line 3/28/2013 – 12/31/2013 16” or greater 4/person/day Last updated on 5/17/2013 8:40:53 AM.
Coastal Tautog Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 11/26/2013 16” or greater 4/person/day: Jan 1 thru May 15 and Nov 1 thru Nov 262/person/day: May 16 thru Oct 31 Last updated on 1/7/2013 11:54:44 AM.
Coastal Tilefish Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 None 7/person/day of any species or combination of species listed in comments Includes: (a) Blueline tilefish (Caulolatilus microps); (b) Golden tilefish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps); and (c) Sand tilefish (Malacanthus plumieri).Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:19 AM.
Coastal Weakfish Hook & Line 1/1/2013 – 12/31/2013 13″ or greater 1/person/day Last updated on 1/7/2013 10:51:24 AM.

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