Cooperative Black Sea Bass Tagging Project
Reports of recaptured sea bass began approximately one week after the first taggings in September, 2002. They range from the inside of Cape Cod Bay to northern parts of North Carolina. During the winter months the rate of recapture slowed considerably due to a decrease in fishing and the offshore migration of sea bass to deeper, warmer waters.
While some sea bass are captured throughout the winter, they are primarily caught during the spring and summer months after returning to the coastal waters for breeding. Commercial and recreational fishing resumes in early May, continues throughout the summer, and peaks in August/September. By the close of the year, water temperatures drop and the sea bass head offshore.
Recaptured tags can be reported by calling toll-free (877) 826-2612 or over the internet by using our Online Tag Reporting page.
Gear Restricted Area (GRA)- strictly defined area containing seasonal closures and/or gear modification requirements. For details please click on the GRA link and you will be presented with "NMFS Northeast Region Information Sheet 7", which has a complete description of the area's restrictive requirements.
The recapture sites depicted on this map demonstrate the true patterns according to recapture reports; however, the plotting software may produce slight variations from the actual reported locations. Site coordinates shown above are approximate and are not intended for use in navigation.
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