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Black Sea Bass Quota & Landings Data

Updated May 9, 2022

The black sea bass quota allocation is 633,413 pounds as determined by the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and regulations promulgated by NOAA Fisheries. The Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution plan is distributed into five quota periods with the following harvest limits:

2022 Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution
Period Date(s) Quota (lbs.) Trip
Limit
(lbs.)
% Distribution
1 January - April 63,341 150 daily/
500 weekly
10%
2 May - June 253,365 150 daily 40%
3 July - August 158,353 150 daily 25%
4 September - October 126,683 150 daily 20%
5 November - December 31,671 150 daily 5%

Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Black Sea Bass Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria:

  • Trip limits are established to distribute quota allocation over each period and to prevent closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits may be set at modest levels.
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Period 1 will be deducted from or added to Period 5.
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Periods 2 through 4 will be deducted from or rolled into the next period. Currently, the Fishery Management Plan does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, that period will be closed until the next period in order to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by NOAA Fisheries.
  • Visit Special Harvest Programs for details on the weekly harvest program for black sea bass.

Black Sea Bass Landings Summary

2022 Black Sea Bass Weekly Landings Summary (pounds)
Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
Remaining
Annual Quota
Quota Used
1 1/1-1/7 150 daily/500 weekly 0 210 633,203 0%
2 1/8-1/14 150 daily/500 weekly 1,281 1,491 631,922 0%
3 1/15-1/21 150 daily/500 weekly 2,922 4,413 629,000 1%
4 1/22-1/28 150 daily/500 weekly 1,473 5,886 627,527 1%
5 1/29-2/4 150 daily/500 weekly 2,007 7,893 625,520 1%
6 2/5-2/11 150 daily/500 weekly 4,156 12,049 621,364 2%
7 2/12-2/18 150 daily/500 weekly 2,633 14,682 618,731 2%
8 2/19-2/25 150 daily/500 weekly 3,778 18,460 614,953 3%
19 2/26-3/4 150 daily/500 weekly 3,127 21,587 611,826 3%
10 3/5-3/11 150 daily/500 weekly 5,180 26,767 606,646 4%
11 3/12-3/18 150 daily/500 weekly 2,447 29,214 604,199 5%
12 3/19-3/25 150 daily/500 weekly 4,181 33,395 600,018 5%
13 3/26-4/1 150 daily/500 weekly 7,597 40,992 592,421 6%
14 4/2-4/8 150 daily/500 weekly 5,098 46,090 587,323 7%
15 4/9-4/15 150 daily/500 weekly 6,619 52,709 580,704 8%
16 4/16-4/22 150 daily/500 weekly 8,189 60,898 572,515 10%
17 4/23-4/29 150 daily/500 weekly 5,242 66,140 567,273 10%

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (leaves DEC website).


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