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Commercial Fishing Vessels

Seventy Foot Fishing Boat Restriction Law

Conditions of the Law

commercial fishing vessels docked
Commercial fishing vessels docked at the Woodcliff Canal
port in Freeport, New York.
~Photo credit: NOAA-Dept. of Commerce~

On July 23, 1997, the New York State Legislature amended Section 13-0349 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL). This law restricts the length of commercial fishing vessels used to take fish, squid, crabs, lobsters, oysters, scallops and all types of clams and mussels from New York's marine and coastal district (waters within three nautical miles from the coast line and all tidal waters within the state) to no longer than seventy feet in registered length.

The law does allow for exemptions. If a commercial vessel was used to fish in New York State waters before July 1, 1997 in a licensed commercial fishery, it is exempt from the seventy foot limit. A list of the commercial fishing vessels known to be exempt at this time is in the table below.

Amended Law

On September 17, 2010, an amendment to the law (ECL 13-0349) allows the following:

  1. An exempt vessel that is seventy feet or longer may be replaced one time with a new vessel. This new vessel may only be up to ten percent longer than the vessel's registered length. (The table below lists these exempt vessels and the maximum replacement vessel length).
  2. A vessel that is sixty-three feet or longer may be replaced one time with a new vessel. The new vessel may only be up to ten percent longer than the vessel's registered length.

The "Laws of New York" listed online provide text of this amended ECL 13-0349 (link leaves DEC website).

List of Exempt Vessels

Below is the list of vessels longer than seventy feet that are exempt from the law, and which may be used in commercial fishery activities in the marine and coastal district. In addition to listing the current registered length of the vessel, the table also lists the length that the replacement vessel may obtain.

If you have any questions about this list, please contact the Bureau of Marine Resources by email or by telephone at 631-444-0489.

Vessels Exempt from the Seventy Foot Restriction
The following are sorted by "Vessel Documentation Number"

Vessel
Documentation
Number
Current
Vessel Name
Registered
Length
(Feet)
Maximum
Replacement
Length Allowed
(Feet)
229413 DREDGE MONSTER 73.2 80.52
233973 PINE ISLAND II 76.5 84.15
249004 ALTHEA 74 81.4
251348 PECONIC STAR II 80.6 88.66
257685 OCEAN VIEW 71.3 78.43
508937 OCEAN BIRD 72.2 79.42
511616 NEPTUNE 75.8 83.38
514692 TRIANGLE I 75.5 83.05
518181 VIGOROUS 80.6 88.66
522528 GREAT PECONIC 73.8 81.18
529673 OCEAN GIRL 71.6 78.76
536246 COLUMBUS 79.7 87.67
539167 C-VENTURE 73.9 81.29
544976 MADISON III 70.5 77.55
545125 PASTIME PRINCESS 85.1 93.61
545441 AMANDA TARA 71.6 78.76
546777 CAPT A.T. 77 84.7
557511 MYSTIC WAY 80 88
559112 BLUE POINT 71 78.1
559643 VOYAGER 73.3 80.63
562042 NJORD 74.4 81.84
571255 CAPT RALPH 74.1 81.51
580850 AMANDA C 74.7 82.17
581472 SUSAN ROSE 77.2 84.92
581795 GEORGIA GIRL 74.1 81.51
583548 SUPER VOYAGER II 74.8 82.28
584548 SHARON ANN 78.9 86.79
585863 CHRISMAR 72.8 80.08
589996 BARBARA ANNE 81.6 89.76
596232 PONTOS 81.6 89.76
600319 NIGHTWATCH 73.5 80.85
602223 HEN LEE 73.5 80.85
603263 LAURA J 71.2 78.32
605963 REBECCA 82.3 90.53
607406 EXCALIBUR 72 79.2
608248 HUNTRESS I 89.8 98.78
609594 ADRIANNA 73.5 80.85
610157 PRIMA DONNA 72.7 79.97
610842 BRIDGOT DENISE 75.1 82.61
612943 EDNA MAE 76.5 84.15
615326 STIRS ONE 76.0 83.6
622027 SUZANNE BETH 77.5 85.25
623578 MEGAN MARIE 80.4 88.44
627234 JERSEY GIRL 84.4 92.84
631110 RAELEEN MICHELLE 75.7 83.27
638449 PIED PIPER 72.8 80.08
638596 ERIN RENEE 83.4 91.74
652361 H. BUTLER FLOWER 81.3 89.43
654831 ADMIRAL FRANCES 77.7 85.47
655922 ISABELLA & AVA 74.2 81.62
658969 SAGA 85 93.5
666328 TRAVIS & NATALIE 77 84.7
668477 BROOKLYN VI 86.5 95.15
669492 FLICKA 125.9 138.49
670418 EVENING STAR 80.2 88.22
672981 WHITE DOVE TOO 103.4 113.74
675048 SEAFARER 76.7 84.37
689335 GABBY G 92.3 101.53
692922 MONOMOY 83.2 91.52
693587 ILHA BRAVA II 76.5 84.15
696098 RIPTIDE III 87.9 96.69
914297 WOLF LARSEN 72 79.2
916876 MARY T 76.5 84.15
929319 COPPA SETIC 70.7 77.77
933346 PERCEPTION 75.7 83.27
937222 SEA FARMER II 75.7 83.27
937929 SEA RAMBLER 72.2 79.42
947723 ALASKAN PATRIOT 74.5 81.95
954436 DYRSTEN 145.9 160.49
970254 PREVAIL 77.9 85.69
974233 SEA CAPTURE 73.9 81.29
978445 KIMBERLY 72 79.2
1026595 WHITE WATER 85.4 93.94