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Special Harvest Programs

To participate in any Special Harvest Program, eligible applicants must possess a valid 2022 DEC Food Fish License. A summer flounder permit is required to participate in the summer flounder special harvest program.

For current daily trip limits visit DEC's Commercial Harvest Limits.

Scup Weekly Harvest Program

Food Fish and Food Fish Landing License Holders Only

The scup weekly harvest program open on May 1, 2022.

The scup weekly harvest program allows Food Fish and Food Fish Landing License holders to posses and land up to 4,000 pounds of scup within a fishing week from May 1 through June 15. License holders who wish to participate in the program must register by submitting this registration form DEC. The form may be completed online and emailed to DEC. Registration forms must be received by May 31, 2022.

The following provisions are mandatory for participants of this program:

  • The fishing week for the scup weekly harvest program is Saturday through Friday.
  • While undertaking in a weekly scup fishing trip, program participants must always have in their possession a copy (paper or electronic) of the completed registration form that was previously submitted to DEC.
  • Only one Food Fish or Food Fish Landing License holder is allowed to be registered on a single vessel.
  • A vessel or license holder must not land or possess more than 4,000 pounds of scup in any one fishing week.
  • The weekly limit of 4,000 pounds, with a maximum of 2 landings per fishing week, is not to be exceeded. For example, participants that land 2,600 pounds on Monday will be permitted to land an additional 1,400 pounds by the end of the day on Friday. This is an example of a "broken trip," a trip landing less than the weekly total of 4,000 pounds.
  • Participants must offload weekly scup harvests only during the hours of 6:00AM through 10:00PM.
  • A fishing vessel trip report (VTR) must be submitted within 48 hours of landing.
  • A VTR must be submitted within 12 hours of landing if you are on a broken trip.
  • Once in the weekly program, participants are not allowed to mix weekly harvest trips and daily harvest trips. To opt out of the weekly program, participants must notice DEC of their intent by email at commercial.fisheries@dec.ny.gov. Only one opt-out is allowed for the scup weekly season.
  • Participants must call NYSDEC Law Enforcement Dispatch at 631-444-0250 at least 2 hours prior to their arrival at port. Participants MUST announce their name, the name of their fishing vessel, the pounds of weekly scup aboard, the port where they are landing, and the time and date of landing at port. Here Is an example: "This is "my NAME", aboard the "FISHING VESSEL". I will be landing approximately "NUMBER OF POUNDS" of weekly scup at "PORT", at approximately "TIME, DATE."

How to Participate

For more information regarding these programs, contact commercial.fisheries@dec.ny.gov or call 631-444-0483. For the current daily trip limit visit DEC's Commercial Harvest Limits.

Summer Flounder Weekly Harvest Program

NYS Commercial Summer Flounder Permit Holders Only

The Summer Flounder Weekly Harvest Program closed on May 1, 2022.

Participation in the summer flounder weekly harvest program is contingent on complying with the following requirements:

  1. A vessel, or participant, may not possess or land more than 2,000 pounds in any single fishing week.
  2. The fishing week for the summer flounder weekly program is Saturday through Friday.
  3. A fishing vessel trip report (VTR) for any trips where more than the daily trip limit is taken must be submitted within 72 hours of landing.
  4. Participants are permitted to offload summer flounder only during the hours of 6:00AM through 10:00PM.
  5. Participants are NOT required to submit a predeparture notice but MUST call DEC Division of Law Enforcement Dispatch at 631-444-0250 at least 2 hours prior to arrival at port for any landings in excess of the daily limit of 280 lbs.
  6. Program participants intending to land summer flounder in excess of the daily trip limit in New York must call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement at least two hours prior to landing, and provide intended port and facility of landing, estimated time of landing, and total weight of summer flounder to be landed in New York.

Black Sea Bass Weekly Harvest Program

The Black Sea Bass Weekly Harvest Program closed on May 1, 2022.

Participation in the black sea bass weekly harvest program is contingent on complying with the following requirements:

  1. A vessel, or participant, may not possess or land more than 500 pounds in any single fishing week.
  2. The fishing week for the black sea bass weekly pilot program is Saturday through Friday.
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  3. A fishing vessel trip report (VTR) for any trips where more than the daily trip limit is taken must be submitted within 72 hours of landing.
  4. Participants are permitted to offload black sea bass only during the hours of 6:00AM through 10:00PM.
  5. Participants are NOT required to submit a predeparture notice but MUST call DEC Division of Law Enforcement Dispatch at 631-444-0250 at least 2 hours prior to arrival at port for any landings in excess of the daily limit of 150 lbs.
  6. Program participants intending to land black sea bass in excess of the daily trip limit in New York must call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement at least two hours prior to landing, and provide intended port and facility of landing, estimated time of landing, and total weight of black sea bass to be landed in New York.

NYS Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Pilot Program

NYS Commercial Food Fishing License Holders who participate in the Summer Flounder Weekly Harvest Program only.

The New York State Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program (Multi-State Program) closed on May 1, 2022.

Program Parameters:
  • The New York State Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program (Multi-State Program) will run January 9, 2022 through April 30, 2022, unless otherwise specified by DEC.
  • The attached application is to obtain a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to participate in DEC's discretionary Multi-State Program.
  • The Multi-State Program allows holders of a New York State Commercial Food Fishing License to possess onboard multiple trip limits of summer flounder and/or black sea bass intended for ports in cooperating states (CT, RI, and MA). Program participants may only land the trip limit allowed by the respective state's current regulations. Please note that CT does not participate in the Multi-State Harvest Program for black sea bass.
  • The Multi-State Program does not permit the landing of summer flounder or black sea bass in New York in excess of New York's weekly trip limit.
Participation in the Multi-State Program is contingent on complying with the following requirements:
  1. Multi-State Program participants must have on board the fishing vessel the LOA verifying their authorization to participate in the program from NYS and any cooperating state in which the participant plans to land the any portion of the multi-state possession limit.
  2. Multi-State Program participants must strictly adhere to all applicable commercial fishing regulations, including the multi-state possession limit, as specified in 6 NYCRR Part 40, Marine Fish, and all applicable directives.
  3. Multi-State Program participants must have no convictions or administrative penalties for violations of state commercial fishing regulations or laws within any cooperating state, or for violations of New York's commercial fishing regulations or laws, within the past three years and must be in compliance with commercial fishing reporting requirements as provided in 6 NYCRR 40.1(c)(1)(i).
  4. The summer flounder and/or black sea bass catch intended for landing in New York and any cooperating state(s) must be stored such that the catch intended for each state is physically separated; catch intended for each state must be stored in separate totes and identified with a written sign as to the intended port of landing.
  5. All landings of summer flounder and/or black sea bass in New York and any cooperating states must occur between the hours of 0600 - 2000 hrs. (6:00 am - 8:00 pm).
  6. Multi-State Program participants intending to land summer flounder and/or black sea bass in New York must call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement at least two hours prior to landing, and provide intended port and facility of landing, estimated time of landing, total weight of all summer flounder and/or black sea bass possessed or to be landed in New York and other intended ports of landing in cooperating states.

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