Catch limits increased for black sea bass

Fishermen will be allowed to catch and take home more of a popular species of fish, after action by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council this week.

The council approved an increase in the Annual Catch Limit (ACL) for black sea bass during a webinar meeting Monday.

In a compromise vote, the council approved an increase from the current annual limit of 847,000 pounds to 1,814,000 pounds, effective for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

For 2016 and beyond, the limit would be 1,756,450 pounds per year.

The council said a recent assessment showed that black sea bass are no longer being overfished and the stock is rebuilt.

Black sea bass season begins June 1 for both recreational and commercial fishermen.