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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated December 16, 2014

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open
(All Gear, Fixed Gear, Hook & Line)
210 lbs daily 14" total length* 12/09/14
Weekly Limit Program: Closed - 03/20/14
Scup Open 18,000 lbs daily 9" total length 11/01/14
Black Sea Bass Closed - - 11/26/14
Striped Bass Closed - - 12/16/14
Bluefish Open 1,000 lbs daily 9" total length 05/01/14
Spiny Dogfish Open 5,000 lbs daily - 09/08/14
Horseshoe crab Closed - - 12/01/14
Menhaden Closed - Bycatch Only** 6,000 lbs daily** - 06/22/14

*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 ASMFC's fishery management plan for menhaden, permit holders may continue to land Atlantic menhaden, up to 6,000 lbs per day, as by-catch in non-directed fisheries. For the purposes of compliance with this plan, fishing with most gear, other than purse seines, is considered non-directed. If you have any questions about the gear that you're using, please call 631-444-5636 or 631-444-5621 for further information. Please Note: Permit holders should continue to report landings of Atlantic menhaden during the closure. Menhaden reported during the closure will not count against the 2014 quota, but will be accounted for as by-catch.

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 through 2015.

All Other Species

Visit the commercial fishing regulations page 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.

2015 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.