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Below is an article from one of the local papers in Massachusetts. They bumped their Fluke up to 17", but they don't mention a bag limit. But my first reaction to the article was: Jeez, these guys really mico manage.

Massachusetts: South Coast Today - New recreational fishing rules for Anglers

The Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission (MFAC) has approved Massachusetts' MarineFisheries' proposals for new rules affecting recreational fishing for summer flounder (fluke), black sea bass, and scup. Rule changes were also approved for commercial fishing for striped bass, spiny dogfish and coastal sharks, scup, and groundfish.

The recreational minimum size for fluke was increased from 16.5 to 17 inches. Black sea bass closed seasons (formerly Dec. 1 - May 9 & Sept. 8 - 21) were eliminated. Scup minimum size was increased from 10 to 10 ½ inches. The scup open fishing season (formerly Jan. 1- October 6) was shortened to a four-month period from May 1 through August 31.

Scup bag limits were reduced to 25 fish per angler, and 50 per vessel for private vessels with two or more anglers aboard. Anglers on for-hire vessels will be allowed 60 fish per angler during May and June only; otherwise 25-fish per angler. These actions were taken to comply with interstate plan mandates.

The finning of spiny dogfish is prohibited. Finning refers to the removal of fins and subsequent discarding of the remainder of the spiny dogfish to the sea. It does not affect the normal processing of dogfish.

New prohibitions on the retention of certain coastal shark species include basking sharks, dusky sharks, sand tiger sharks and white sharks. Any of these shark species caught incidental to fisheries directed toward other species must be released to ensure maximum probability of survival.

Commercial striped bass rules, regarding daily catch limits, season start date, and dealer requirements for imported fish, were amended. The four-day fishing week, (formerly Sunday through Wednesday) was shifted to Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The daily catch limit on Sunday was reduced to five fish but remains at 30 fish during Tuesday through Thursday. No-fishing days will be Monday, Fridays, & Saturdays. The commercial fishery will open on Tuesday, July 12 and the minimum size limit remains at 34 inches.

Commercial fishing for groundfish while engaged in for-hire fishing will be prohibited. In other words, paying clients aboard charter or party boats cannot catch fish for the purposes of sale. This does not prohibit a properly permitted for-hire vessel from fishing commercially when it is not engaged in for-hire activity.

This regulation complements similar federal rules but will not impact any other species outside of the multispecies groundfish complex (including cod, haddock, and flounders).

Commercial scup possession limits were increased from 300 to 400 lbs. for trawlers during the period May through October period; and from 100 to 200 lbs. for all other gear types during the black sea bass open fishing days from May 1 through July 31. This rule is intended to allow retention of scup by-catch by potters and hook-and-line fishermen while fishing for black sea bass.

On days the black sea bass fishery is closed, no directed scup fishing or retention is allowed by fishermen deploying these gears. Massachusetts' commercial scup fishery during May - October is managed through state-by-state quotas allocated by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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Thanks for the Update Go Gordon,,,
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