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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated April 1, 2014

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder

(All Gear, Fixed Gear, Hook & Line)

100 lbs daily 14" total length* 01/05/14
Weekly Limit Program: Close - 04/01/14
Scup Open 50,000 lbs per trip 9" total length 10/19/13
Black Sea Bass Closed - 11" total length 01/26/14
Striped Bass Closed by tag allocation Fish only 24" to 36"
may be taken
Bluefish Open 5,000 lbs daily 9" total length 01/01/14
Spiny Dogfish Open 3,000 lbs daily - 05/01/13
Horseshoe crab Open 30 crabs - 03/17/14
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.

2014 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.