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Massachusetts looks to extend season due to Covid - will other states follow suit?


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The Gloucester Times reports that the state of Massachusetts is looking to extend the fishing season in some areas, due to the Covid impact on commercial fishing. 

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Here are the proposed measures:

Striped bass: Beginning Sept. 1, DMF would like to add Tuesday and Thursday fishing to the current calendar, which would allow a four-day fishing week of Monday through Thursday. On Oct. 2, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will be added to create a seven-day fishing week.

Black sea bass: Beginning Aug. 31, DMF would add Mondays and Wednesdays to the commercial fishery to bring it to a full five-day fishing week of Sunday through Thursday. On Oct. 2, Fridays and Saturdays would be added to comprise a seven-day fishing week.

Additionally, DMF wants to increase the daily trip limit for pot fishermen to 500 pounds from the current 400 pounds. The increase would go into effect Aug. 30.

Summer flounder: DMF wants to increase the commercial summer flounder trip limit for trawlers to 600 pounds from the current 400 pounds, effective Aug. 23. On Oct. 4, DMF wants to increase the commercial summer flounder trip limit to 1,000 pounds and eliminate the closed fishing days of Fridays and Saturdays to create a seven-day fishing week.

 

It will be interesting to see if other states follow suit and whether we see season extensions in other areas. 

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