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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 (ASMFC). 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. Check the Commercial Harvest Limits for updated trip limits and fishery status information for all managed species of New York's marine and coastal district. Official 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 Commercial Limits for Lobsters, Crabs and Whelk.

Quota Distribution Plans & Landings Overview

New York State develops distribution plans for quota managed species based on the allocations received from NOAA Fisheries and ASMFC, review of fishery management plans, and meetings and discussions with the commercial fishing industry. Review the quota distribution plan and current landings for the species below:

A docked commercial fishing boat
Photo Credit: Peter Anderson
Commercial Landing Data Summary

New York State commercial fisheries quota usage is assessed using various sources of data detailing all landings in New York State. Landings information are comprised of data from the following:

  • state and federal dealer reports submitted online to SAFIS,
  • vessel trip reports from federal permit holders submitted to NOAA Fisheries Service
  • vessel trip reports from state permit holders submitted to DEC Division of Marine Resources
  • vessel trip reports from state permit holders submitted online to SAFIS

Data sources: Standard Atlantic Fisheries Information System (SAFIS) (leaves DEC website) operated by the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP), Greater Atlantic Fisheries Office (GARFO) (leaves DEC website) of NOAA Fisheries, and DEC Division of Marine Resources Commercial Fisheries Data Office (DMR) as reported on State Vessel Trip Reports

This information is provided as a service to New York's fishing community in the interest of transparency and improved communication. This data is provided as is and subject to changes and corrections.

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.


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