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Black sea bass is managed jointly by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council. At a recent meeting, it was determined that states would be required to reduce the recreational harvest in 2022 by 28% coastwide.
Based upon the changes in the fisheries regulations, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission will be unable to open February for the species. At this time, it is unknown when the season will reopen.
Our team members are working hard to advocate for the fishers along with the fish and will provide updates as soon as we have them.
For more information on upcoming changes, please review the Council meeting summary.