Two of the most popular recreational fish will soon be off limits to commercial fishermen. The commercial bluefish season ends tomorrow. The commercial striped bass season ends on Tuesday.
This is the first time Massachusetts fisheries managers are closing the commercial season on bluefish. Using landing data, the state estimates the 516,619-pound quota for bluefish in the state will be taken by tomorrow. Fish markets may carry the fish beyond the date, but it won’t be for long.
The commercial striped bass season closes on Tuesday. Using landings data, the state has determined that the state quota of 1,107,828 pounds will be reached by that date.
Recreational fishing for both species continues.
There is more to come: the Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby begins on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 12:01 a.m.