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Commercial Fishing Limits

Quota Managed Species

Updated May 2, 2016

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open 100 lbs daily 14" total length 04/01/16
Weekly Program: Closed - 03/25/16
Scup Open 800 lbs daily 9" total length* 05/01/16
Black Sea Bass Open 50 lbs daily 11" total length 01/03/16
Striped Bass Closed - - 12/16/15
Bluefish Open 1,000 lbs daily 9" total length 05/01/16
Spiny Dogfish Open 5,000 lbs daily - 5/01/15
Horseshoe crab Open 200 crabs - 04/16/16
Menhaden Open 6,000 lbs daily - 01/01/16

*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.

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 until further notice.

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.

2016 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.