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2016 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council have approved an increase in the commercial black sea bass quota for the 2016 fishing season. Based on the final specifications provided in the December 28, 2015 Federal Register, the DEC's preliminary estimate for the New York State 2016 commercial quota allocation for black sea bass is 189,201 pounds.

The following table is a summary of the quota distribution plan for 2016. 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, 2016. Period quota allocations may be adjusted when the final specifications for the 2016 commercial black sea bass quota are released.

Black Sea Bass 2016 Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Initial Trip
% Distribution
1 January 3 - May 9 28,380 50 15%
2 May 10 - May 31 62,436 50 33%
3 July 1 - July 21 51,084 50 27%
4 September 1 - September 17 47,300 50 25%
5 December 1 - December 31 --- 50 ---

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.
  • Any remaining quota from Period 1 will be rolled to Period 5. Overharvest during Period 1 will be applied to Period 2.
  • 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 2016 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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