Yes, Stellwagen is in the Gulf of Maine. Perhaps the Mate was not up on the regs since last year it was 21" for a while.
Size Limit Modification
This interim final rule increases the minimum size limit for cod and
haddock to 23 inches total length for Party/Charter vessels not
fishing on a NE multispecies DAS, and for all private recreational
Totally unfair. Right now the commercial DAS boats can keep as many haddock as they can catch and a size of 19". The markets are now flooded with haddock and the price is the lowest i have ever seen it. Some haddock are selling for less then 0.50/lb last week.