The Commonwealth’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission met on March 12, 2012 and approved proposed recreational scup, black sea bass, and fluke regulations for 2012. Due to the late timing of this action, MarineFisheries is enacting emergency regulations for the upcoming season.  The 2012 black sea bass, scup and fluke recreational fishing seasons, bag limits and size limits for are:

Black Sea Bass
ModeSeasonSizeBag Limit
All ModesMay 11 - June 24
June 25 - October 31
10 fish
20 fish
SeasonSizeBag Limit
May 22 - September 3016.5"5 fish
ModeSeasonSizeBag Limit
Private AnglerMay 1 - December 3110.5"20 fish/angler or 100 scup/vessel w/6 or more anglers
For-HireMay 1 - May 10
June 25 - December 31
20 fish
20 fish
For-Hire BonusMay 11 - June 2411"45 fish

Be advised that a public hearing and public comment period will be scheduled in the coming weeks to take comments on these fishing limits.

For more information regarding the management of the black sea bass, scup and fluke in Massachusetts please visit . For information pertaining to the interstate management of these species please visit and

If you have any questions pertaining to this emergency regulations, contact Jared Silva by phone (617-626-1534) or e-mail (

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