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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated March 13, 2017

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open 100 lbs daily
14" total length 03/09/17
Weekly Program: Open 630 lbs weekly 03/09/17
Scup Open 50,000 lbs daily 9" total length* 01/01/17
Black Sea Bass Open 100 lbs daily
11" total length 03/05/17
Striped Bass Closed - 28 to 38" total length slot limit 12/16/16
Bluefish Open 2,000 lbs daily
9" total length 01/01/17
Spiny Dogfish Open 6,000 lbs daily - 01/01/17
Horseshoe crab Open 30 crabs - 01/01/17
Menhaden Open No Limit - 10/01/16

*Total length is the longest straight line measurement from the tip of the snout, with the mouth closed, to the longest lobe on the caudal fin (tail), with the lobes squeezed together, laid flat on the measuring device, except that black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament.

**In accordance with the ASFMC's fishery management plan for menhaden, permit holders may continue to land menhaden, up to 6,000 lbs per day, in non-directed fisheries or with non-directed gear types after the directed fishery has closed. Non-directed gears include cast nets; gill nets; trap nets and other fixed nets; trawls; pots; and seines other than purse seines. Purse seines and hook and line are considered directed gears and may not be used for the commercial harvest of menhaden for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year once the directed fishery has closed. If you have questions about other gear types, please contact the Commercial Fisheries Unit at 631-444-5621.

Large Coastal Shark and Hammerhead Shark Closure, December 13, 2014

The commercial fishery for non-sandbar large coastal sharks and hammerhead sharks will close December 13, 2014 and will remain closed until further notice. Non-sandbar large coastal species include: great hammerhead sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, smooth hammerhead sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks, silky sharks, spinner sharks, tiger sharks, bull sharks and black tip sharks.

Porbeagle Shark Closure, December 23, 2014

The National Marine Fishery Service has determined that the 2014 commercial quota for porbeagle sharks has been exceeded by 198%. As a result, the commercial fishery for porbeagle sharks will close December 23, 2014 and will remain closed until further notice.

All Other Species

Visit the commercial fishing regulations page (link leaves DEC website) to view limits for other commercially harvested fish. For more information on lobsters, crabs and whelk, visit the commercial limits for lobsters, crabs & whelk page.

2016 Quota Distribution Plans for scup, summer flounder, black sea bass and bluefish are available.

The table above provides a summary of trip limits for quota managed commercial fisheries in New York. Check with the Bureau of Marine Resources (631-444-5621) to ensure these fishing limits are in effect, as laws and regulations are frequently amended by the state legislature, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and DEC.