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DEC's Marine Permit Office is currently issuing permits by mail or appointment only. We encourage customers to submit applications by mail, send us an email with questions, or call to make an appointment for curbside service. The Marine Permit Office can be reached at 631-444-0470 or


Commercial Fishing in New York State

Commercial fishing gear and vessels along dock

Commercial fishing and the maritime industry are traditional and important components of New York State's culture and economy. New York State works closely with its stakeholders to protect the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry as well as the living marine resources of New York's marine and coastal district. For certain commercially harvested species, annual commercial quota allocations are provided by NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Fishery management tools such as fishing trip limits and quota management plans have been implemented for quota managed species.

For a complete list of New York State commercial fishing licenses, visit Marine Permits and Licenses.

Fishing Limits

Trip limits and fishery status (open or close) are updated often to manage the allocated quota distribution throughout the fishing year. Please check the Commercial Quota Harvest Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on quota managed species of New York's marine and coastal district. Regulations for these and other commercially harvested marine fish are located in Part 40 6 NYCRR (leaves DEC website).

For information about New York's commercial lobster, crab and whelk fisheries, please visit the Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs and Whelk webpage.

Quota Distribution Plans

A docked commercial fishing boat
Photo Credit: Peter Anderson

New York State quota distribution plans are developed based on the quota allocations received from NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, review of fishery management plans and meetings and discussions with the commercial fishing industry. Quota distribution plans have been developed for the following marine species:

Interstate Fisheries Management

New York State participates in several fishery management organizations. The Atlantic States Marine Fishery Commission (ASMFC) is made of the 15 Atlantic coast states and coordinates the management of marine and anadromous resources found in the states' marine waters. The Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council (MAMFC) is a group of regional fishery management councils that cooperatively manage marine resources found in the federal marine waters of that region. NOAA Fisheries is a branch of the federal government that is dedicated to the conservation and management of the marine resources of our country. NOAA Fisheries works cooperatively with the ASMFC and MAMFC to manage our shared marine resources. To learn more about these organizations, please use the links in the column to the right.

For more information about commercial fishing in New York, please contact us by phone at (631) 444-5621 or email us.

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