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Commercial Harvest Limits

Quota Managed Species

The table below provides a summary of trip limits for quota managed commercial fisheries in New York. Laws and regulations may be frequently amended by the state legislature, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), and DEC. Contact Commercial Quota Management at commercial.fisheries@dec.ny.gov or 631-444-5621 to ensure current fishing limits in effect.

Updated September 30, 2021

Species Fishery Status Trip Limit Minimum Length Effective Date
Summer Flounder Open 350 lbs. daily 14" total length* 08/23/21
Fixed Gear: Open 350 lbs. daily 08/23/21
Weekly Program: Closed - 04/11/21
Scup Open 21,000 lbs. per trip in accordance with the
Winter II period restrictions contained in
NOAA's Fishery Management Plan for scup
(leaves DEC website)
9" total length* 10/01/21
Weekly Program: Closed - 07/01/21
Black Sea Bass Open 210 lbs. daily - Two Food Fish License holders
on one vessel allowance is suspended
11" total length* 10/03/21
Weekly Program: Closed - - 03/27/21
Striped Bass Open by tag allocation Not less than 26″ TL
nor greater than 38″ TL
05/15/21
Bluefish Open 280 lbs. daily 9" total length* 10/03/21
Spiny Dogfish Open 6,000 lbs. daily - 05/01/19
Horseshoe crab Open 250 crabs daily
- 09/01/21
Menhaden Open** 10,000 lbs. daily - 01/01/21
Weekly Program: Open 30,000 lbs. weekly - 01/01/21

*Total length is the longest straight line measurement from the tip of the snout, with the mouth closed, to the longest lobe on the caudal fin (tail), with the lobes squeezed together, laid flat on the measuring device, except that black sea bass are measured from the tip of the snout or jaw (mouth closed) to the farthest extremity of the tail, not including the tail filament.

**In accordance with Amendment 3 of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) fishery management plan for menhaden, permit holders may continue to land menhaden, up to 6,000 pounds per day, using small-scale gears and non-directed gear types after the directed fishery has closed. Non-directed gears include pound nets, gill net, trawls, fishing weirs, fyke nets, and floating fish traps. Small-scale gears include cast nets, traps (excluding floating fish traps), pots, haul seines, fyke nets, hook and line, bag nets, hoop nets, hand lines, trammel nets, and bait nets. No vessel may land menhaden more than once in a single calendar day. If you have questions about this incidental fishery or concerning other gear types, please contact the Commercial Fisheries Quota Management Unit at 631-444-5621.

Quota Distribution Plans & Landings Summary

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:

All Other Species

This summary is provided for your convenience. The official regulations published by the Department of State are the official source for NYSDEC regulations: Marine fish (6 NYCRR Part 40) or Lobster and Crabs (6 NYCRR Part 44).

Visit the commercial limits for lobsters, crabs & whelk for information on lobsters, crabs, horseshoe crabs, and whelk.

Commercial Harvest Limits, Effective January 22, 2021
Species Open Season Minimum Length Trip Limit
American eel All year 9″ TL No Limit
American shad Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited
Anadromous river herring (alewife and blueback herring) as defined in Part 10 of this Title (except the Hudson River and its tributaries and embayments north of the George Washington Bridge at river mile 11) Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited
Except that vessels fishing exclusively in the Federal ocean waters of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) while operating under a valid Federal permit for Atlantic mackerel and/or Atlantic herring, may possess river herring up to a maximum of five percent, by weight, of all species possessed. A person shall not barter, sell, offer for sale, or expose for sale, any river herring so possessed.
Atlantic cod All year 19″ TL 50 pounds
Any amount of Atlantic cod legally harvested from waters outside the state may be possessed on board vessels transiting state waters and may be landed in New York at any time. Persons on such vessels may not fish for Atlantic cod in state waters while utilizing this transit provision.
Atlantic sturgeon Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited Possession Prohibited
Black sea bass See Quota Managed Species 11″ TL See Quota Managed Species. A trip limit set by DEC to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for black sea bass. DEC may authorize up to two commercial license holders per vessel to possess the black sea bass trip limit on any one calendar day.
Bluefish See Quota Managed Species 9" TL See Quota Managed Species. A trip limit set by DEC to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for bluefish.
Cobia All year 37″ TL 2 per vessel
Haddock All year 19″ TL No Limit
King mackerel All year 23″ TL 3,500 pounds per vessel
Monkfish (goosefish) All year 17″ TL
11″ tail length+
No more than 25% of the total weight of monkfish landed per trip may be monkfish livers
Oyster toadfish January 1 - May 14 & July 16 - December 31 10" TL 25
Pollock All year 19″ TL No Limit
Red drum All year None No limit for fish less than 27″ TL.
Fish greater than 27″ TL shall not be possessed.
Scup See Quota Managed Species 9″ TL See Quota Managed Species. A trip limit set by DEC to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for scup. DEC may establish a weekly limit or a biweekly limit authorizing holders of New York State commercial food fish licenses to possess and land up to a specified maximum quantity of scup in a seven-day (weekly limit) or fourteen-day (biweekly limit) period.
Spanish mackerel All year 14″ TL 3,500 pounds per vessel
Striped bass (the area east of a line drawn due north from the mouth of Wading River Creek and east of a line at 73 degrees 46 minutes west longitude, which is near the terminus of East Rockaway Inlet) May 15 -December 15 Not less than 26″ TL
nor greater than 38″ TL
See Quota Managed Species. Harvest by Tag Allocation
Summer flounder See Quota Managed Species 14″ TL See Quota Managed Species. A trip limit set by DEC to be consistent with the requirements of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for summer flounder. DEC may establish a weekly limit authorizing holders of commercial summer flounder permits to possess and land up to a specified amount of summer flounder in a seven- day period.
Tautog (Long Island Sound Management Region: includes all marine and coastal district waters lying east of the Throgs Neck Bridge and west of a line that runs from Orient Point, NY to Watch Hill, RI) May 7 - July 31 &
September 1 - November 23
15″ TL 25 per vessel (Except 10 per vessel when fishing lobster pot gear and more than six lobsters are in possession)
Tautog (NY Bight Management Region: includes all marine and coastal waters lying outside of the Long Island Sound Management Region) April 16 - January 25 15″ TL 25 per vessel (Except 10 per vessel when fishing lobster pot gear and more than six lobsters are in possession)
Weakfish

Hook & Line: April 1 - June 24 & August 28 - November 15

All other gear: April 1 - June 24 & August 28 - November 15

16″ TL 100 pounds

June 25 - August 27 & November 16 - March 31: No more than 100 pounds, per vessel, in the round***, and if at least an equal poundage of other food fish species caught during the same trip is on board the vessel
Winter flounder

Pound & Trap nets: July 26 - June 14

Fyke nets: October 1 - March 22

All other gear:
December 1 - June 13

12" 50 pounds
Yellowtail flounder All year None No Limit