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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated January 12, 2018

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open
50 lbs daily
14" total length* 01/01/18
Fixed Gear: Open

50 lbs daily

Weekly Program: Open
490 lbs weekly 01/15/2018
Scup Open 50,000 lbs daily
9" total length* 01/01/18
Black Sea Bass Open 150 lbs daily 11" total length 01/01/18
Striped Bass Closed - - 12/16/17
Bluefish Open 10,000 lbs daily
9" total length* 01/01/18
Spiny Dogfish Open 6,000 lbs daily - 01/01/17
Horseshoe crab Open 30 crabs daily
- 01/01/18
Menhaden Purse seine: Open
No limit
- 01/01/18
Hook and line: Open

No limit

- 01/01/18
Daily by-catch: Open No limit - 01/01/18

*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 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.