New Atlantic Cod Size, Season and Possession Limits

The NJ Marine Fisheries Council approved changes to the recreational Atlantic cod size, season and possession limits consistent with the New England Fishery Management Council’s Northeast Multispecies (Groundfish) Fishery Management Plan (Federal Register: Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Fishing Year 2023 Recreational Management Measures ). As a result, Atlantic cod regulations are now identical in state and federal waters.

The new recreational Atlantic cod regulations are now in effect, as follows:

  • Minimum Size Limit: 23 inches
  • Open Season: January 1 through May 31 and September 1 through December 31
  • Possession Limit: 5 fish

Please note: The 2023 Atlantic cod regulations on the NJ Recreational Regulations Cards and published in the Marine Digest are not correct.  Please reference the NJ Fish and Wildlife website and online 2023 Marine Digest for current updates to the regulations.

For more information, please visit the Department’s Rules and Regulations webpage.

Photo Credit

Atlantic Cod Fish . Photo by NOAA Fisheries

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