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Commercial Quota Harvest Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated January 14, 2019

DEC and the NYS Office of the Attorney General sent a letter to the US Commerce Department regarding rulemaking for summer flounder quotas (PDF, 82 KB) - July 25, 2018
Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open 50 lbs daily 14" total length* 01/01/19
Fixed Gear: Open 50 lbs daily 01/01/19
Weekly Program: Open
700 lbs weekly 01/14/19
Scup Open 50,000 lbs 9" total length* 01/01/19
Black Sea Bass Open 150 lbs daily
11" total length* 01/01/19
Striped Bass Closed - - 12/16/18
Bluefish Open 10,000 lbs daily
9" total length* 01/01/19
Spiny Dogfish Open 6,000 lbs daily - 01/01/17
Horseshoe crab Open 30 crab daily - 01/09/19
Menhaden Purse seine: Closed - - 10/19/18
Hook and line: Open 40,000 lbs daily - 10/09/18
Daily by-catch: Open 40,000 lbs daily - 07/09/18
Weekly Program: Open 120,000 lbs per week - 07/09/18

*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 Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) 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 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 harvest limits 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.

2018 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 Division 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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and DEC.