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Hunting and Fishing: New Changes Regarding Black Sea Bass and American Shad

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing recreational anglers about regulatory changes regarding black sea bass and American shad effective January 1, 2013.

For the first time since 2009, the recreational black sea bass fishery will be open from January 1 through February 28. The minimum size limit remains at 12.5 inches and the possession limit will be 15 fish. These regulations pertain to both New Jersey state waters as well as Federal waters. 

Also, effective January 1, 2013, all American shad fisheries (both commercial and recreational), with the exception of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, will be closed (no possession, take or harvest). The recreational possession limit in the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries will now be 3 fish with no minimum size and an open season all year. 

For more information on these changes visit on the division's website.