Commercial fishing and the maritime industry are traditional and important components of New York State's culture and economy. New York State works closely with its stakeholders to protect the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry as well as the living marine resources of New York's marine and coastal district. For certain commercially harvested species, annual commercial quota allocations are provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Fishery management tools such as fishing trip limits and quota management plans have been implemented for quota managed species.
~Photo by Peter Anderson
Trip limits and fishery status (open or close) are updated often to manage the allocated quota distribution throughout the fishing year. Please check the Commercial Fishing Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on quota managed species of New York's marine and coastal district. Regulations for these and other commercially harvested marine fish are located in Part 40 6 NYCRR (link leaves DEC website). For information about New York's commercial lobster, crab and whelk fisheries, please visit the Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs and Whelk webpage.
For more information about commercial fishing in New York, please contact us by phone at (631) 444-5621 or email us.
New York State quota distribution plans are developed based on the quota allocations received from the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, review of fishery management plans and meetings and discussions with the commercial fishing industry. Quota distribution plans for the 2016 fishing season have been developed for the following marine species:
New York State participates in several fishery management organizations. The Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission (ASMFC) is made of the 15 Atlantic coast states and coordinates the management of marine and anadromous resources found in the states' marine waters. The Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAMFC) is a group of regional fishery management councils that cooperatively manage marine resources found in the federal marine waters of that region. NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is a branch of the federal government that is dedicated to the conservation and management of the marine resources of our country. NMFS works cooperatively with the ASMFC and MAMFC to manage our shared marine resources. To learn more about these organizations, please use the links in the column to the right.
More about Commercial Fishing :
- Commercial Fishing Quota Usage Report - Summary of information used to determine commercial fishing limits.
- Fishery Observer Coverage - New York State increased observer coverage of commercial fishing vessels.
- Commercial Fishing Limits - Commercial saltwater fishing - size and possession limits
- Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs & Whelk - Commercial Fishing Limits for Crustaceans, Horseshoe Crabs & Whelk
- Commercial Fishing Vessels - This page provides information on the 70-foot length restrictions set by law on commercial fishing vessels for the taking of fish, shellfish, or crustaceans. This page also includes a list of the exempted vessels.
- 2017 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan - Commercial Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution
- 2017 Bluefish Quota Distribution Plan - 2009 Commercial Bluefish Quota Distribution
- 2017 Scup Quota Distribution Plan - 2017 Commercial Summer Scup Quota Distribution
- 2017 Summer Flounder Quota Distribution Plan - 2009 Commercial Summer Flounder Quota Distribution
- 2017 Horseshoe Crab Quota Distribution Plan - Annual plan for New York's 2015 commercial quota of horseshoe crabs.
- Food Fish & Crustacea Dealers and Shippers - Reporting Requirements for Food Fish & Crustacea Dealers and Shippers.
- Map of Lobster Management Areas - Large Map of American Lobster Management Areas
- Map of Prohibited Crab Dredging Areas - Consult this Map to learn which areas are closed to crab dredging.
- Closed Horseshoe Crab Areas - Maps on this page display which areas are closed to Horseshoe Crab fishing.
- Groundfish Disaster Program - Information about the 2012 Groundfish Disaster program.