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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 any summer flounder special harvest program. All participants must complete an application to take part in the respective special harvest program. For current daily trip limits visit DEC's Commercial Harvest Limits.

The 2022 Fall Weekly Harvest Programs for Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder opened on October 9, 2022 and remains open through December 2022. For additional information or to sign up for the programs, contact commercial.fisheries@dec.ny.gov.

All applicants must hold a valid 2023 food fish license to participate in the special harvest programs. A summer flounder permit is required to participate in the summer flounder special harvest program.

The 2023 Winter Harvest Programs open on January 9, 2023. Review program parameters below and submit an application to commercial.fisheries@dec.ny.gov to participate.

Black Sea Bass Weekly 2023 Winter Harvest Program

Food Fish and Food Fish Landing License Holders Only

Program Parameters:

  • The weekly black sea bass harvest program will run from January 9, 2023 through April 30, 2023, unless otherwise specified by DEC.
  • The weekly harvest limit is set at 400 pounds for registered participants. Registered participants will be permitted to possess and land black sea bass in excess of the normal daily trip limit (100 pounds) up to 400 pounds in one trip or two broken trips, but in no event may a vessel or participant possess or land more than 400 pounds in a fishing week, Saturday through Friday.

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 400 pounds in any single fishing week.
  2. A maximum of two landings per fishing week is not to be exceeded. For example, for a weekly limit of 400 lbs., participants that land 200 lbs. of black sea bass on Monday will be permitted to land an additional 200 lbs. in a single calendar day, by the end of the fishing week on Friday.
  3. The fishing week for the black sea bass weekly program is Saturday through Friday.
  4. A fishing vessel trip report (VTR) for any trips where more than the daily trip limit is taken must be submitted within 48 hours of landing.
  5. Participants are permitted to offload black sea bass only during the hours of 6:00AM through 8:00PM.
  6. 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 100 lbs. and provide the intended port and facility of landing, estimated time of landing, and total weight of black sea bass to be landed in New York.

How to Participate

Summer Flounder Weekly 2023 Winter Harvest Program

NYS Commercial Summer Flounder Permit Holders Only

Program Parameters:

  • The weekly summer flounder harvest program will run from January 9, 2023 through April 30, 2023, unless otherwise specified by DEC.
  • The weekly harvest limit is set at 2,000 pounds for registered participants. Registered participants will be permitted to possess and land summer flounder in excess of the normal daily trip limit (280 pounds) up to 2,000 pounds in one trip or two broken trips, but in no event may a vessel or participant possess or land more than 2,000 pounds in a fishing week, Saturday through Friday.

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. A maximum of two landings per fishing week is not to be exceeded. For example, for a weekly limit of 2,000 lbs., participants that land 1,200 lbs. of summer flounder on Monday will be permitted to land an additional 800 lbs. in a single calendar day, by the end of the fishing week on Friday.
  3. The fishing week for the summer flounder weekly program is Saturday through Friday.
  4. A fishing vessel trip report (VTR) for any trips where more than the daily trip limit is taken must be submitted within 48 hours of landing.
  5. Participants are permitted to offload summer flounder only during the hours of 6:00AM through 8:00PM.
  6. 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. and provide the intended port and facility of landing, estimated time of landing, and total weight of summer flounder to be landed in New York.

How to Participate

NYS Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Pilot Program

For New York State Commercial Food Fishing License and Food Fish Landing License holders who participate in the Summer Flounder Weekly Harvest Program (Summer Flounder Permit required) or Black Sea Bass Weekly Harvest Program only.

Program Parameters:

  • The New York State Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program (Multi-State Program) will run January 9, 2023 through April 30, 2023, unless otherwise specified by DEC.
  • The Multi-State Program application must be completed 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 New York and 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 (631-444-0250) at least two hours prior to landing, and provide the 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.

How to Participate

Scup Weekly Harvest Program

Food Fish and Food Fish Landing License Holders Only.

The scup weekly harvest program closed on June 16, 2022.


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