Black sea bass south of Hatteras has recovered and is listed as Viable in the 2013 Stock Status Report released by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
A 2013 South Atlantic stock assessment found that the spawning stock has rebuilt and overfishing is not occurring.
The black sea bass stock south of Cape Hatteras has been under a federally managed rebuilding plan since 2006. Last year, the stock status was upgraded to Recovering.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council increased quotas for the 2013-2014 fishing season for both recreational and commercial fisheries.
The division annually grades the status of marine finfish, shellfish, shrimp and crabs as Viable, Recovering, Concern, Depleted or Unknown.
More information is available online at:
The complete 2013 Stock Status Report can be found at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/stock-status-reports
source: N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries