NMFS Withdraws The Warning Of An American Eel Moratorium For Delaware

 

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced it is lifting the federal moratorium placed on Delaware for the American Eels that was to take effect on Friday March 18th.  Last year the NMFS determined that Delaware was out of compliance due to not implementing proper regulations to rebuild depleted eel stocks and to prevent over-harvest.  Delaware legislators have since taken the proper measures to ensure our compliance and we will not have a moratorium this year on the American Eel.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) lifted the moratorium on Tuesday of this week.  This is good news for all anglers, commercial and recreational.  Striped bass season is approaching and eels play a major role as a live bait for many charter captains and recreational anglers.  Bait shops will be able to sell eels, however there is a new size limit for American Eels in Delaware.  This new American Eel law passed in February is what brought Delaware into compliance to lift the moratorium.   DNREC .. “The law increases the minimum recreational and commercial size limit of American eel to 9 inches from 6 inches, decreases the recreational possession limit from 50 to 25 American eels and sets a minimum mesh size requirement of ½” by ½” for all eel pots in commercial and recreational use.

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