NJ Fluke, Sea Bass and Scup Regs for 2022

NJ Fluke Regulations

  • Season: May 2nd to September 27, 2022
  • Bag Limit & Sizes: 2 Fish at 17-17.99″ and 1 Fish 18″
  • Special regulations for Delaware Bay (3 fish at 17″) and Island Beach State Park (2 fish at 16″) were left status quo.

NJ Black Sea Bass Regulations

  • May 17 – June 19: 10 Fish At 13″
  • July 1 – August 31: 2 Fish At 13″
  • October 12 – Oct 31: 10 Fish At 13″
  • November 1 – Dec 31: 15 Fish at 13″

NJ Scup/Porgy Regulations

  • 50 fish at 10″
  • No closed season.

By Paul Haertel the JCAA Past President/Board Member

Published March 8, 2022

A lot of people have been asking what is going on with our fluke and sea bass regulations for this year and why they have not yet been set. What happened was that initially the ASMFC/MAFMC had mandated a 28% reduction for sea bass after being pressured to do so by the NMFS. However, after further review of the matter it was later determined that a 20.7% reduction would suffice. Yes, we all agree that having any reduction at all is ludicrous for a stock that is rebuilt to 210% of its target but that is what we are stuck with.  The various regions were then given to 3/2 to develop and summit the methodology they intended to use to develop their regulatory options. The methodology was approved by the ASMFC Technical Board on 3/2 so now each region is able to develop their regulatory options. The regulatory options for each region must be submitted, reviewed and presumably approved by the ASMFC Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board on 3/24.

The NJBMF and is currently working on these options. A 20.7% cut in sea bass could result in a shorter season, an increase in the size limit, a reduction in bag limit or any combination thereof. We were also forced to take a reduction in scup (porgies) as well but that will be done solely by raising the size limit from 9” to 10”.  There is much better news regarding fluke as we will be able to liberalize by 16%. I speculate that options for a longer season, smaller size limit or even a slot limit might be considered. I anticipate that an advisers meeting will be held in the near future and shortly thereafter, various options for fluke and sea bass will be submitted to the Board by 3/24. Then, sometime in late March or April the NJMFC will hold a special meeting to set our regulations. The public will be invited to give their opinions prior to the council voting on the final measures.

Please follow the Jersey Coast Anglers Association FB page for further updates on this as well as many other important matters pertaining to our fisheries.

Striped Bass Amendment 7

Below is the link to register for the webinar for the NJ webinar pertaining to Amendment 7 for striped bass from 6 – 8 PM on Monday, March 14th. register.gotowebinar.com/rt/6557659292797688075

You may also watch a video recording about the amendment at the link below.

 For those who prefer to read the amendment.

Regards,

Paul Haertel – JCAA Past President/Board Member

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