2014 Commercial Fishing Quotas
Quota Distribution Meeting
DEC Bureau of Marine Resources (BMR) held a meeting on January 8, 2014 to discuss the 2014 quota distribution plans for black sea bass, bluefish, scup, and summer flounder. At this meeting, BMR staff and state commercial fishermen discussed how to best utilize the 2014 state quota for black sea bass, bluefish, scup and summer flounder (fluke). The outcomes of the discussions were used to draft the 2014 quota distribution plans for these species.
2014 State Shares/Quotas
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has provided the 2014 state shares for the summer period commercial scup fishery and for the 2014 commercial black sea bass fishery.
Scup: The summer period quota is 8,548,442 pounds. New York State is allocated 15.8% of the quota; our 2014 state share for summer scup is 1,352,637 pounds.
Black sea bass: The 2014 commercial quota is 2.17 million pounds, which includes a 3% deduction of the total allowable landings for the Research Set-Aside Program. New York is allocated 7% of the quota; our 2014 state share for black sea bass is 151,900 pounds.
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced the 2014 commercial summer flounder state quotas. The announcement is available in the Federal Register dated December 27, 2013.
Summer flounder: The 2014 quota for summer flounder is 11,730,754 pounds. New York is allocated 7.65 % of this quota; our state quota for summer flounder is 791,587 pounds.
Scup: Shares may be adjusted for overages after NMFS publishes the 2013 final landings in the summer of 2014, any overages would be deducted from a state's 2014 quota.
Black sea bass: While there were states that exceeded their 2013 quota, the coastwide quota for black sea bass has not been exceeded (landings as of November 20, 2013). State overages will not be deducted from the states' 2014 quota because the coastwide quota was not exceeded (Addendum XX). Shares may be adjusted for overages after NMFS publishes the final landings in the summer of 2014.
Summer flounder: Overages are calculated using final landings data from the previous fishing year and landings from the current fishing year through October 31. In this case, previously unaccounted for overages from fishing year 2012 are combined with known overages from fishing year 2013, through October 31, 2013. The New York 2014 summer flounder state quota given here has been adjusted for RSA and overages.