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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated October 31, 2017

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Closed - 14" total length* 10/20/17
Fixed Gear: Closed
- 11/01/17
Weekly Program: Closed - 04/12/17
Scup Open 18,000 lbs daily
9" total length* 11/01/17
Black Sea Bass Open 50 lbs daily 11" total length 09/01/17
Striped Bass Open By tag allocation 28 to 38" total length slot limit 06/01/16
Bluefish Open 1,000 lbs daily
9" total length* 05/01/17
Spiny Dogfish Open 6,000 lbs daily - 01/01/17
Horseshoe crab Open 250 crab daily
- 09/01/17
Menhaden Purse seine: Closed
- 05/09/16
Hook and line: Open
100 fish daily - 05/09/16
Daily by-catch: Open 6,000 lbs daily - 05/09/16

*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.

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.

2017 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.