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Commercial Harvest Limits

Commercial Harvest Limits (including current emergency regulations)

Last updated May 29, 2018

Species Open season Minimum length Trip limit
Striped bass (the area east of a line drawn due north from the mouth of Wading River Creek and east of a line at 73 degrees 46 minutes west longitude, which is near the terminus of East Rockaway Inlet) June 1-Dec. 15# Not less than 28″ TL nor greater than 38″ TL See subdivision (j) of this section
Red drum All year No minimum size limit no limit for fish less than 27″ TL. Fish greater than 27″ TL shall not be possessed.
Tautog Long Island Sound Management Region: includes all marine and coastal district waters lying east of the Throgs Neck Bridge (Mario Cuomo Bridge) and west of a line that runs from Orient Point, NY to Watch Hill, RI May 7 - July 31 and September 1 - November 23 15″ TL 25 per vessel (except, 10 per vessel when fishing lobster pot gear and more than six lobsters are in possession)
Tautog NY Bight Management Region: includes all marine and coastal waters lying outside of the Long Island Sound Management Region April 16 - January 25 15″ TL 25 per vessel (except, 10 per vessel when fishing lobster pot gear and more than six lobsters are in possession)
American eel All year 9″ TL no limit
Pollock All year 19″ TL no limit
Haddock All year 19″ TL no limit
Atlantic cod All year 22″ TL no limit
Summer flounder All year 14″ TL A trip limit, set by the department in consultation with the commercial fishing industry, consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for summer flounder. The department, in its discretion, may establish a weekly limit authorizing holders of commercial summer flounder permits to possess and land up to a specified amount of summer flounder in a seven- day period.
Yellowtail flounder All year
Atlantic sturgeon No possession allowed
Spanish mackerel All year 14″ TL 3,500 pounds in possession, per vessel
King mackerel All year 23″ TL 3,500 pounds in possession, per vessel
Cobia All year 37″ TL 2 per vessel
Monkfish (goosefish) All year 17″ TL 11″ tail length+ No more than 25% of the total weight of monkfish landed per trip may be monkfish livers
Weakfish Hook and line 16″ TL 100 pounds
April 1-June 24 and 10″ fillet length**
Aug. 28-Nov. 15 12″ dressed length##
All other gears April 1-June 24 and Aug. 28-Nov. 15 100 pounds
June 25-Aug. 27 and Nov. 16-March 31 No more than 100 pounds, per vessel, in the round***, and if at least an equal poundage of other foodfish species caught during the same trip is on board the vessel
Bluefish Jan. 1-Dec. 31 9″ TL A trip limit set by the department and adjusted in consultation with the commercial fishing industry
Winter flounder Pound and 12″ TL 50 pounds
trap nets
July 26-
June 14
Fyke nets 12″ TL 50 pounds
Oct. 1- March 22
All other 12″ TL 50 pounds
gear
Dec. 1-June 13
Scup All year 9″ TL A trip limit set by the department to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for scup. The department, in its discretion, may establish a weekly limit or a biweekly limit authorizing holders of New York State commercial foodfish licenses to possess and land up to a specified maximum quantity of scup in a seven-day (weekly limit) or fourteen-day (biweekly limit) period.
Black sea bass All year 11″ TL A trip limit set by the department to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for black sea bass. The department, in its discretion, may authorize up to two commercial license holders per vessel to possess the black sea bass trip limit on any one calendar day.
American shad Possession prohibited
Oyster toadfish Jan. 1-May 14 and 10″ TL 25
July 16-Dec. 31
Anadromous river herring (alewife and blueback herring) as defined in Part 10 of this Title (except the Hudson River and its tributaries and embayments north of the George Washington Bridge at river mile 11) No open season No possession allowed except that vessels fishing exclusively in the Federal ocean waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone while operating under a valid Federal permit for Atlantic mackerel and/or Atlantic herring, may possess river herring up to a maximum of five percent, by weight, of all species possessed. A person shall not barter, sell, offer for sale, or expose for sale, any river herring so possessed).