Dec 17, 2014 9:54 AM

NH Fish and Game regulation changes for 2015

CONCORD - Anglers and marine harvesters take notice. The NH Fish and Game department is enacting several rule changes that will become effective in 2015.

Implemented changes include:

  • For recreational and commercial harvesters, the daily limit for smelt taken from coastal and estuarine waters has been reduced from 10 to 4 quarts liquid measure of whole smelt.
  • The daily creel limit has been reduced from two fish per day to one.
  • A daily limit of 25 white perch from costal and estuarine waters.
  • A daily limit of three haddock in federal waters (>3 miles off shore).
  • Haddock harvest season is closed from March 1 through April 30 and Sep. 1 through Nov. 30.
  • The size limit for cod has increased from 19 to 21 inches. Addtionally, closed season for cod is now Sep. 1 through April 14.

    Marine anglers should also be aware that a zero-tolerance policy has been enacted for cod in federal waters. The new regulations state that all cod caught in federal waters must be thrown back immediately.
    It is also now a Class A misdemeanor to violate rules regarding American eels for a first offense, and a Class B felony for a second offense.
    The seasonal and year-round closures for Berry Brook in Rye have been lifted, but Little Harbor is now a prohibited area for shellfish harvest.
    For a complete list of changes to regulations and laws regarding visit the NH Fish and Game website by clicking the link.


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