Division of Marine Resources - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

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Division of Marine Resources

James Gilmore, Director
Karen Chytalo, Assistant Director

Welcome to the Division of Marine Resources webpage! The Division is responsible for the management of living marine resources and their habitats within the Marine and Coastal District of New York State, take a look at our mission statement.

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Contact Us

Director's Office: (631) 444-0430
Marine Permit Office: (631) 444-0470
Emergency Shellfish Closures Hotline: (631) 444-0480

E-mail the Division of Marine Resources

Directions to Our Office

NYSDEC Marine Resources
205 Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733

Take the Long Island Expressway (495) to Exit 62 North (Nicolls Road). Go north on Nicolls to Nesconset Hwy (Rte 347). Make a right (East) on Rte 347 to the 3rd traffic light (Belle Mead Rd). Make a left on Belle Mead. Building 205 is on right hand side.

Marine Resources Updates

Topics and information relating to marine resources will be posted below and updated on a weekly basis.

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is Seeking Applicants for Advisory Panels

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC) is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve on eight advisory panels. Advisory panels provide information and recommendations to the Council during the development of fishery management plans, amendments, specifications, and management measures. One of the chief responsibilities of advisory panels is the development of annual Fishery Performance Reports. These reports provide the Council and SSC with information about the factors that influenced fishing effort and catch within each fishery during the previous year.

Advisory panels are composed of individuals with diverse experience and interest in Mid-Atlantic fisheries. Members include commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, for-hire operators, dealers, scientists, environmentalists, and other members of the interested public. Most advisory panels meet 1-2 times per year. Members are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings. Individuals who are appointed to advisory panels serve for three-year terms. All current advisory panel members must reapply in order to be considered for reappointment.

The Council is accepting applications for the following advisory panels:

  • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass
  • Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish
  • Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
  • Tilefish
  • Bluefish
  • Ecosystem and Ocean Planning
  • River Herring and Shad
  • Dogfish (Jointly managed with New England Council)
How to Apply:

Completed applications must be received by Friday, April 20, 2018. Anyone interested in serving on an advisory panel may apply online or download an application at MAFMC Advisory Panel Application (link leaves DEC website). Applications can also be obtained by calling the Council office at (877) 446-2362.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mary Sabo at (302) 518-1143 or msabo@mafmc.org.

Funding Available in Marine and Coastal District

Inviting Pre-Proposals for Ocean Action Plan Research

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is pleased to announce the New York Ocean Action Plan Call for Research 2019-2021 Addressing Portions of the New York Ocean Action Plan (OAP).

How to Apply: Applications must be submitted to NYSGProposal.org (link leaves DEC website).

Deadline: 4:30 PM on Monday, April 16, 2018

Grants for Tributary Restoration and Resiliency

DEC is pleased to announce funding for projects to help restore free-flowing waters to benefit water quality, conserve and restore habitat, and increase flood resiliency for communities in the Hudson River estuary watershed and the marine habitat priority areas. The information below provides details about applying for projects in the marine habitat priority areas which include Jamaica Bay, and the watersheds of Long Island Sound, the Peconic Estuary, and the South Shore Estuary Reserve.

How to Apply: Applications must be received in the NYS Grants Gateway (link leaves DEC website).

Deadline: 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

For more information, visit the New York Ocean Action Plan webpage.

New Headquarters Proposed

DEC proposes construction of a new 25,000 square foot building that would serve as the headquarters for DEC's Division of Marine Resources. The facility would also house DEC's Marine Enforcement Unit who will provide additional year-round law enforcement presence at the park and be equipped as an FDA certified shellfish laboratory. See a rendering of the new headquarters (PDF).

Public meetings will be held November 2 at the Kings Park Fire Department Headquarters at 2 PM and again at 7 PM. State Parks officials will also be on-hand to discuss the latest safety, access and recreational efforts underway in the park which include full replacement of all water lines and fire hydrants, demolition of additional abandoned buildings and construction of a brand new marina with the old marinas being returned to their natural wetlands.

Division Webpages

The Division of Marine Resources manages a variety of activities relating to:

  • Saltwater Fishing - New York's marine waters host a variety of exciting fishing opportunities from New York City to Montauk.
  • Commercial Fishing - The tradition of commercial fishing has existed on Long Island since it's inception. Maritime industry has also played a valuable role in developing New York's culture and economy.
  • Shellfishing - New York's marine waters also provide suitable habitat for a variety of bivalve mollusks, including clams, scallops, oysters, and mussels.
  • Ocean & Estuaries - New York State has shoreline on the Northern Atlantic Ocean, and freshwater rivers and streams drain into the ocean around the New York City and Long Island area, creating several distinct estuaries that flourish with marine life.
  • Tidal Wetlands - Near shore areas all around Long Island, the lower Hudson River, and along the entire Atlantic coast of the United States are influenced by the rise and fall of the tide and the salty water it brings in.

Division Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Marine Resources is to manage and maintain the state's living marine, estuarine and anadromous resources, and to protect and enhance the habitat upon which these resources depend, in order to assure that diverse and self-sustaining populations of these resources are available for future generations.

Consistent with such stewardship, and in recognition of the intrinsic value of productive marine ecosystems, the Division will manage the state's living marine, estuarine and anadromous resources to achieve optimum benefit by providing for the broadest range of uses including commercial and recreational harvest, human consumption, natural forage and observation and appreciation.

Optimizing benefit may include:

  • managing, restoring and enhancing indigenous marine, estuarine and anadromous resources and their habitats;
  • regulating the harvest of these resources to optimize yield;
  • assuring that living marine, estuarine and anadromous resources available for harvest and human consumption meet public health guidelines;
  • providing enhanced public access to waters of the marine and coastal district; and
  • promoting public awareness of the value and benefits of diverse and productive marine, estuarine and anadromous resources and habitats and the function of resource management in securing such value and benefits.

Our Division is divided into three Bureaus:

  • Marine Fisheries: Monitors and develops management recommendations for marine finfish and crustacean species.
  • Shellfisheries: Responsible for the maintenance of the State's bivalve mollusk resource.
  • Marine Habitat : Monitor and review of activities which may impact tidal wetlands and estuarine habitat.