NOAA closes recreational black sea bass fishery

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is temporarily closing federal waters north of Cape Hatteras, N.C., to recreational black sea bass fishing.

The 180-day closure, which begins Monday, is in response to recent landings data that showed recreational anglers may catch more than double their annual quota by the end of the year.

Landings data and scientific analyses show recreational anglers have reached their quota and could exceed their 1.14 million-pound harvest limit by as much as 84 to 225 percent if the recreational fishery is not closed, NOAA said in a statement.

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