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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated September 29, 2015

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open
(All Gear, Fixed Gear, Hook & Line)
70 lbs daily 14" total length* 09/27/15
Weekly Program: Closed - 03/21/15
Scup Open 800 lbs daily (increasing to 2,000 lbs daily on 10/4/15) 9" total length 05/01/15
Black Sea Bass Closed - (11" total length) 09/09/15
Striped Bass Open - slot limit: 28' to 38" total length 06/01/15
Bluefish Open 1,000 lbs daily 9" total length 07/01/15
Spiny Dogfish Open 5,000 lbs daily - 5/01/15
Horseshoe crab Open 250 crabs daily - 09/06/15
Menhaden Bycatch Only ** 6,000 lbs daily - 05/27/15

*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, during the "Bycatch Only" period, permit holders may continue to land up to 6,000 lbs of menhaden per day with non-directed gear types. 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 directed gears and may not be used for the commercial harvest of menhaden for the remainder of the 2015 fishing year. If you have questions about other gear types, please contact the Commercial Fishery Unit at 631-444-5621 or 631-444-5636.

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 (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.

2015 Quota Distribution Plans for scup, summer flounder, black sea bass, bluefish and horseshoe crabs 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.