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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 plan.

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.

Black Sea Bass 2014 Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Initial Trip
% Distribution
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 the quota allocation over each period and to avoid closures if possible.
  • 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 next period.
  • 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.
  • The final 2014 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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