After determining that the 2012-2013 South Atlantic recreational annual catch limit of 409,000 pounds for black sea bass had been reached, NOAA Fisheries Service closed the fishery.
Recreational fishing for black sea bass in federal waters of the South Atlantic from the latitude of Cape Hatteras Light, North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will remain closed from September 4, 2012, through 12:01 a.m. June 1, 2013.
For vessels with a valid federal charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic snapper grouper, the closure applies to state and federal waters. The operator of a vessel that has a federal for-hire permit for snapper grouper must land any black sea bass harvested from either state or federal waters prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, September 4, 2012.
According to NOAA Fisheries Service, black sea bass are experiencing overfishing.