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Commercial Fishing

Welcome to the New York State commercial fishing webpage which provides information on commercial fishing activities in New York's marine and coastal district. Here you will find information on fishing limits and quota management plans for certain commercially harvested species.

Fishing Limits

A docked commercial fishing boat
~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. 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.

Quota Distributions

2014 Plans

The 2014 annual commercial quota allocations has been provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to the State of New York. The quota distribution plans for the following marine fish have been developed:

New York State annual quota distribution plans are developed based on examining historical quota allocations, reviewing fishery management plans and meeting with the commercial fishing industry. The process of quota allocation distribution and the entirety of fisheries management for New York State is a collaborative effort with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAFMC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). For more information about these agencies, please find links to their websites in the right hand column of this page.

Fisheries Management

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 properly manage our shared marine resources. To learn more about these organizations, please use the links in the column to the right.