Commercial Fishing Limits
Quota Managed Species
Updated October 29, 2013
- On October 19, 2013 the daily trip for scup increased to 8,000 pounds. New York State received a transfer of 300,000 pounds of scup from other states. This transfer will allow our scup fishery to remain open and allow a significat increase to our daily trip limit.
- Horseshoe crabs: The daily trip limit for horseshoe crabs is 100 crabs.
- Summer flounder: The summer flounder fishery is closed until further notice. As of September 21, 2013 New York State had landed 97% of the 2013 annual summer flounder quota.
|Species||Fishery Status||Trip Limit||Minimum Length||Effective Date|
(All Gear, Fixed Gear, Hook & Line)
|-||14" total length*||10/01/13|
|Weekly Limit Program: Closed||-||03/20/13|
|Scup||Open||8,000 lbs||9" total length||10/19/13|
|Black Sea Bass||Open||50 lbs||11" total length||09/01/2013|
|Striped Bass||Open||by tag allocation and gear||Fish only 24" to 36"
may be taken
|Bluefish||Open||1,000 lbs daily||9" total length||05/01/13|
|Spiny Dogfish||Open||3,000 lbs daily||-||05/01/13|
|Horseshoe crab||Open||100 crabs||-||10/06/13|
|Menhaden||Open||6,000 lbs daily||-||08/01/13|
*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.
All Other Species
Visit the commercial fishing regulations page to view limits for other commercially harvested fish.
2013 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.