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Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan

Updated January 29, 2019

The black sea bass quota allocation provided by the United States Department of Commerce, NOAA Fisheries, to the State of New York is 246,400 pounds. DEC 's quota distribution plan for black sea bass follows below. The purpose of this distribution plan is to fully utilize the available quota of black sea bass for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishery and to minimize the likelihood of a fishery closure.

Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Initial Trip
% Distribution
1 Jan - Apr 24,640 150 10
2 May 15 - Jun 30 81,312 50 33
3 July - August 66,528 50 27
4 Sept - Oct 61,600 50 25
5 Nov - Dec 12,320 50 5

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 quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by the NOAA Fisheries.

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 "NOAA Fisheries Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Greater Atlantic Region Fisheries Statistics website where the NOAA Fisheries keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.

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