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Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Regulation Changes

March 30, 2012

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing anglers of the recent changes for summer flounder and black sea bass regulations for 2012 fishing season.

The recreational summer flounder regulations for 2012 are as follows:

  • minimum size limit of 17.5-inches
  • bag limit of 5-fish per person per day
  • open season from May 5 through September 28.

The recreational black sea bass regulations for 2012 are:

  • minimum size limit of 12.5-inches
  • bag limit of 25-fish per person per day
  • open season from May 19 through October 14 and November 1 through December 31.

Please note that the black sea bass season regulations will likely change again. Anglers should check the division's website for future changes . The division will also notify subscribers to the NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List about changes pertaining to these or other marine species - see for information on the list and how to subscribe.

The Division would also like to remind all saltwater anglers ages 16 and older to register with the free NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) annually. The NJSRRP was established in 2011 to exempt NJ anglers from having to register with the National Saltwater Angler Registry and having to pay the $15.00 federal registration fee. In order to register, go to

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is seeking the assistance of NJ's saltwater anglers. Since 2009, the Division has conducted an online volunteer angler survey to collect information on recreationally important marine finfish species. Information collected through this voluntary survey will provide data which may support alternative management strategies that increase fishing opportunities for the public. The focus of this voluntary survey is to collect catch and effort information from fishing trips in marine and estuarine waters of the state and surrounding areas. In order to participate, go to

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Last Updated: March 30, 2012