Draft 2014 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan
The New York State 2014 commercial quota allocation for black sea bass is 151,900 pounds, the same as it was for 2013. DEC held a quota management meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 where a draft quota distribution plan for black sea bass was developed. The following table is a summary of this draft plan. Please review this plan and share your comments with DEC Bureau of Marine Resources.
The intent of this plan is to fully utilize the available black sea bass quota for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishing industry, yet remain within the state quota allocation. This plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2014.
|Period||Date(s)||Quota (lbs.)||Initial Trip
|1||January 5 - January 25||7,595||50||5%|
|2||May 18 - June 21||50,127||50||33%|
|3||July 1 - July 31||41,013||50||27%|
|4||September 1 - October 18||37,975||50||25%|
|5||November 1 - December 31||15,190||50||10%|
The provisions of this distribution
- Trip limits are utilized to spread quota allocation over each period and to avoid closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits are set at modest levels.
- If the black sea bass landings begin to approach the period quota limit, DEC may close the fishery to harvest until the beginning of the following period.
- Overharvest/underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from/added to only Period 5 November.
- Overharvest/underharvest from Periods 2 through 4 will roll over to the next period. The ASMFC fishery management plan for black sea bass does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
- The final 2013 quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic State Marine Fisheries Commission.
Check the Commercial Fishing Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on Black Sea Bass and other quota managed species in New York.
Keep track of weekly commercial landings by clicking on the "NMFS Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Northeast Region Fisheries Statistics website where the National Marine Fisheries Service keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.