MA - Cape Cod Canal closed to commercial striped bass fishing

Illegal activity prompts emergency action just weeks before start of season.

State officials took emergency action Wednesday to close the Cape Cod Canal to commercial striped bass fishing three weeks ahead of the season’s official opening day.

The state Division of Marine Fisheries in a statement said the action was taken to address “worsening public nuisance and safety problems arising from increased fishing activity along the Canal.”

The closure encompasses the full 7.4-mile length of what is the world’s widest sea-level canal, which is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the new order, it is illegal to possess more than one fish at the recreational length of between 28 and less than 35 inches, and no fish at the commercial minimum size of 35 inches or above. Fishing from a vessel was already prohibited.

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