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2015 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have approved maintaining the same commercial black sea bass quota for the 2015 fishing season. Suspension of the Research Set Aside (RSA) program will result in a small increase in the state's 2015 commercial quota allocation. The DEC's preliminary estimate for the New York State 2015 commercial quota allocation for black sea bass is 156,599 pounds.

The following table is a summary of the quota distribution plan for 2015. 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, 2015.

Black Sea Bass 2015 Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Initial Trip
% Distribution
1 January 4 - January 24 7,830 100 5%
2 May 18 - June 21 51,678 50 33%
3 July 1 - July 31 42,282 50 27%
4 September 1 - October 18 39,150 50 25%
5 November 1 - December 31 15,660 50 10%

Provisions of this quota distribution plan

  • Trip limits are utilized to spread the quota allocation over each period and to avoid fishery closures if possible.
  • Overharvest/underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from or added to Period 5.
  • 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.
  • DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan to ensure maximum utilization of the black sea bass resource and prevent the state quota allocation from being exceeded. If black sea bass landings begin to approach the period quota limit, DEC may reduce trip limits or close the fishery to harvest until the beginning of the next period.
  • The final 2015 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.

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