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Marine Laws and Regulations

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Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)

For the recreational angler, feisty bluefish can provide an exciting fishing experience. In New York there is no minimum size limit for the first 10 fish. There is a 12-inch total length minimum size for the next 5 fish. Daily possession is 15 blues. And remember, no more than 10 may be less than 12 inches in total length. Regulations controlling the recreational limits of bluefish may be found in 6 NYCRR Part 40.1(f). Regulations controlling the recreational limits of bluefish may be found in 6 NYCRR Part 40.1(f).These limits on bluefish only apply to recreational fishing; commercial fishinermen has different limits.

State Regulations

In New York State regulations are maintained in the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR). Each year the DEC Division of Marine Resources drafts new regulations or amends existing regulations as part of the management and protection of New York's marine resources. Regulations managing marine fisheries are found in 6 NYCRR Parts 40 through 49. Regulations managing tidal wetlands are found in 6 NYCRR Parts 660 and 661. Links to the more popular marine regulations are in the column to the right.

State Laws

Laws controlling the use and management of New York's natural resources are found in the Environmental Conservation Law, or ECL. Each year the state legislature adopts new laws and writes amendments to the ECL, seeking to improve the management of the state's natural resources. The laws controlling the management of New York's marine resources can be found in Articles 11 and 13 of the ECL. Follow the link in the column to the right to and use the link to Laws of New York, then follow the directions to the Environmental Conservation Laws, abbreviated as ENV on that website.

Here is a brief outline of the sections of the ECL concerning marine resources:

Article 11
General information, definitions
Striped bass: Section 11-0303

Article 13
Shellfish: Sections 13-0301 through 13-0327
Crustaceans: Sections 13-0329 through 13-0331
Marine Fish and Fishing: Sections 13-0328, 13-0333 through 13-0360.

Article 25
Tidal Wetland Protection