2013 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan
The New York State 2013 commercial quota allocation for black sea bass is 151,900 pounds, a gain of 27,300 pounds from the initial quota. This new quota is the result of a recent increase in the acceptable biological catch (ABC) for black sea bass in 2013. The following table is the re-adjusted 2013 quota distribution plan for black sea bass. The plan was adjusted by adding the gain in fish proportionally to Periods 2 - 5.
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, 2013.
|Period||Date(s)||Quota (lbs.)||Initial Trip
|1||January 6 - January 26||6,230||50||5%|
|2||May 22 - June||50,646||50||
|3||July - August||42,914||50||28%|
|4||September - October||36,784||50||24%|
November - December
The provisions of this distribution
- Trip limits are utilized to spread quota allocation over each period and to avoid closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits are set at modest levels.
- Overharvest/underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from/added to only Period 5 November.
- 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 2013 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.