The great state of Massachusetts opens its commercial wild rockfish season June 16. The fish that currently swim in their waters off Cape Cod and other places were swimming in the Chesapeake Bay only 30-45 days ago. That’s right, seven out of every ten wild rock that swims up and down the Atlantic coast today were born in the Chesapeake Bay.
The minimum size for commercial harvest in Massachusetts is 36 inches, or about a 20-pound fish. The total quota is about 800,000 lbs. All the fish are caught via hook & line. They are allowed five fish per day and are only allowed to fish three days a week. Last year, the full quota wasn’t caught until early September. (Full Newsletter)