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Scup Commercial Quota Meeting
Lobster Management Meeting
Crustacean Omnibus Regulatory Package Update (Proposed Terrapin Excluder Device Areas)

Scup Commercial Quota Management Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) is soliciting public comment on the Draft Addendum XXIX to the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan. New York's meeting has been scheduled for the following date and time:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30pmpm
NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 1733

Fishermen and interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXIX (link leaves DEC website) either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum can be obtained from the ASFMC. Public comment will be accepted until 5 PM (EST) on March 31, 2017 and should be forwarded to Kirby Rootes-Murdy, Senior Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXIX).

Lobster Management Meeting

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) is soliciting public comment on the Draft Addendum XXV to the American Lobster Fishery Management Plan. New York's meeting has been scheduled for the following date and time:

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00pm
NYSDEC Division of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 1733

Fishermen and interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXV (link leaves DEC website) either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum can be obtained from the ASFMC.

Crustacean Omnibus Regulatory Package Update

This regulatory package, which includes the requirement for terrapin excluder devices (TEDs) measuring 1-3/4" x 4-3/4" on commercial crab pots set in near shore harbors, creeks, coves, rivers and tributaries, will be available for public comment this spring.

The department expects to adopt this rulemaking this summer.

We are notifying you of the timing of this rule implementation so that you may consider installing TEDs on your crab pots before you begin setting your crab pots this year; or you may choose to install the TEDs on your crab pots when the rule goes into effect this summer.

A small number of TEDs (provided by TNC and Seatuck) will be available to crab pot fishers that have reported blue crab landings within the last two years (2015 and/or 2016) as of March 1, 2017, on a first come/first serve basis at no cost. Please contact us at 631-444-0429 or NYBlueCrab@dec.ny.gov for more information.

The following maps demonstrate proposed TED areas:


Proposed TED areas for western New York, marine and coastal districts.

Proposed TED areas for eastern New York, marine and coastal districts
Proposed TED areas fro central New York, marine and coastal districts.


Proposed TED areas for eastern New York, marine and coastal districts.
Proposed TED areas for eastern New York, marine and coastal districts.