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Commercial Fishing

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 NOAA Fisheries 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.

For a complete list of New York State commercial fishing licenses, visit Marine Permits and Licenses.


A docked commercial fishing boat
~Photo by Peter Anderson

Fishing Limits

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 Quota Harvest 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.

Quota Distribution Plans

New York State quota distribution plans are developed based on the quota allocations received from NOAA Fisheries 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 2018 fishing season have been developed for the following marine species:

Interstate 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 Fisheries is a branch of the federal government that is dedicated to the conservation and management of the marine resources of our country. NOAA Fisheries 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.

Fisheries Meetings & Events

Upcoming Meetings:
Meeting Topic Location Date
Marine Resources Advisory Council Meeting NYSDEC Marine Resources
205 N. Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1,
East Setauket, NY 11733
Monday, September 24, 2:00 PM
NYSERDA Offshore Wind Public Information Meeting
(link leaves DEC's website)
Long Beach City Hall
1 West Chester Street, 6th Floor
Long Beach, NY 11561
Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 PM
NYSERDA Offshore Wind Public Information Meeting
(link leaves DEC's website)
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Thursday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Public Hearing on Commercial Summer Flounder Fishery
(link leaves DEC's website)
School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
Room 120 Endeavor, Stony Brook University,
Stony Brook, New York, 11794
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM
Roundtable Meetings on New York Seafood Industry NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Rd, STE 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00 PM
Roundtable Meetings on New York Seafood Industry Riverhead Town Hall
200 Howell Avenue
Riverhead, NY, 11901
Wednesday, October 17th, 6:00 PM
Roundtable Meetings on New York Seafood Industry NYSDEC Region 3 Headquarters
21 South Putt Corners Road
New Paltz, NY, 12561
Tuesday, October 23rd, 6:00 PM

For more information about commercial fishing in New York, please contact us by phone at (631) 444-5621 or email us.

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