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2017 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan

The Mid Atlantic Fisheries Management Council is expected to take action in February to change their policy so that NMFS can legally restore a quota reduction from an estimate in discard mortality. Also, a new stock assessment is under review by the MAFMC's Scientific and statistical Committee (SSC). It is expected that the SSC will adjust the overall 2017 total allowable catch higher, which will result in a higher annual quota for New York State.

At this time we are not posting any distribution plan because the final quota will be noticeably different from any quota number we may post now. The Department will hold a meeting in February, after the final annual quota is known, to discuss distribution and management options for black sea bass.

2017 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Initial Trip
% Distribution
1 Jan 1 - Apr 30 28,843 100/50 10
2 May 15 - Jun 30 95,181 50 33
3 July - August 77,876 50 27
4 Sept - Oct 72,107 50 25
5 Nov - Dec 14,421 50 5
288,428 100

Provisions of this quota distribution plan

  • Tip limits are established to distribute quota allocation over each period and to prevent closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits may be set at modest levels.
  • Overharvest/underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from/added to Period 5.
  • Overharvest/underharvest from Periods 2 through 4 will be rolled into the next period.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, that period will be closed until the next period in order to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • The final 2017 quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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.

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