PLEASE NOTE -- THIS IS AN OUTDATED RELEASE. For current rules about cod and haddock take, click here and on the N.H. Saltwater Digest publication cover.

CONTACT: John Nelson: (603) 868-1095
July 9, 2002

New Cod and Haddock Rules for Recreational Anglers

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds all recreational anglers in the state's coastal waters about new rules aimed at protecting cod and haddock stocks.

The minimum size for Atlantic cod is currently 23 inches for recreational anglers. That minimum size limit was recently changed from 19 inches.

Effective August 1, 2002, the minimum size of haddock goes from 21 inches to 23 inches.

There is a recreational daily limit of no more than 10 cod or haddock in force between April 1 through November 30. Also, cod and haddock shall have head and tail intact; or fillets shall have skin intact and shall be no less than 14 inches in length.

These rules are similar to requirements in federal waters.

Recreational anglers should be aware of these changes, and that they are different from cod and haddock rules that were printed in the 2002 New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Digest.

The changes reflect the recent U.S. District Court decision on marine fisheries.
Anglers with any questions can call New Hampshire Fish and Game's Marine Fisheries Division at 603-868-1095.

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