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Part 40 Marine Fish (Sharks, Squid, Cod)

Table A in existing subdivision 40.1(f) is amended to read as follows:

Striped bass (except the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge) through Haddock remain the same.

Atlantic cod## is amended to read as follows:

40.1(f) "Table A - Recreational Fishing"

Species Open season Minimum length Daily limit
Atlantic [cod##] cod All year [22"] 21" TL [10##] 10

Footnote ## is repealed.

Table B in existing subdivision 40.1(i) is amended to read as follows:

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) through Haddock remain the same.

Species Atlantic cod is amended to read as follows:

40.1(i) Table B - Commercial Fishing

Species Open season Minimum length Possession Limit
Atlantic cod All year [22"] 19" TL [no limit] 50 pounds

A new subdivision 40.1(z) shall be added to read as follows:

(z) 'Illex and Longfin squid commercial fishing - special regulations.'

1. It is unlawful for any person to take or land 'Illex' or Longfin Squid for commercial purposes without having in possession a valid New York State commercial food fish license.

2. Quota and harvest trip limits.

(i) Following consultation with industry and taking into consideration the current federal trip limit, the department may establish trip limits to prevent excessive harvest in New York State waters.

(ii) When the department determines, based on a projection of landings, that trip limit changes are necessary, such trip limits shall be enforceable upon 72 hours written notice to license holders referenced in paragraph (1) of this subdivision.

Existing paragraph 40.7(b)(4) is amended to read as follows:

(4) 'Fork Length (FL)' means that length measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose snout of the shark to the end of the middle caudal fin to the center of the fork of the tail of the shark.

Existing paragraph 40.7(c)(1) is amended to read as follows:

(1) It shall be unlawful for any recreational angler to take, or to possess on the waters of the marine and coastal district, as defined in ECL section 13-0103, or the shores thereof, or anywhere inland from such shores, any shark species other than the following: Atlantic sharpnose ('Rhizoprionodon terraenovae'); [blacknose ('Carcharhinus acronotus');] blacktip ('Carcharhinus limbatus'); blue ('Prionace glauca'); bonnethead ('Sphyrna tiburo'); bull ('Carcharhinus leucas'); common thresher ('Alopias vulpinus'); finetooth ('Carcharhinus isodon'); great hammerhead ('Sphyrna mokarran'); scalloped hammerhead ('Sphyrna lewini'); smooth hammerhead ('Sphyrna zygaena'); lemon ('Negaprion brevirostris'); nurse ('Ginglymostoma cirratum'); oceanic whitetip ('Carcharhinus longimanus'); porbeagle ('Lamna nasus'); shortfin mako ('Isurus oxyrinchus'); smooth dogfish
('Mustelus canis'); spiny dogfish ('Squalus acanthias'); spinner ('Carcharhinus brevipinna'); and tiger ('Galeocerdo cuvier').

Existing subparagraph 40.7(c)(2)(i) is amended to read as follows:

(i) There is no minimum size limit for the following shark species: Atlantic sharpnose, [blacknose,] bonnethead, finetooth, smoothhound (smooth dogfish), and spiny dogfish.

Existing subparagraph 40.7(c)(2)(ii) is amended to read as follows:

(ii) The minimum size for the following shark species is 54 inches FL: blacktip, blue, bull, lemon, nurse, oceanic whitetip, porbeagle, [shortfin mako,] spinner, thresher, and tiger.

Existing subparagraph 40.7(c)(2)(iii) is amended to read as follows:

(iii) The minimum size limit for the following shark species is 78 inches FL: great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, and smooth hammerhead.

A new subparagraph 40.7(c)(2)(iv) is added to read as follows:

(iv) The minimum size limit for shortfin mako is 71 inches FL for males and 83 inches FL for females.

Existing subparagraph 40.7(d)(4)(i) is amended to read as follows:

(i) Prohibited species: Atlantic angel ('Squatina dumeril'); basking shark ('Cetorhinus maximus'); bigeye sand tiger shark ('Odontaspis noronhai'); bigeye thresher shark ('Alopias superciliosus'); bignose shark ('Carcharhinus altimus'); blacknose shark ('Carcharhinus acronotus'); [Carribean] Caribbean sharpnose shark ('Rhizoprionodon porosus'); dusky shark ('Carcharhinus obscurus'); Galapagos shark ('Carcharhinus galapagensis'); longfin mako shark ('Isurus paucus'); narrowtooth shark ('Carcharhinus brachyurus'); night shark ('Carcharhinus signatus'); reef shark ('Carcharhinus perezii'); sand tiger shark ('Carcharias taurus'); sharpnose sevengill shark ([Heptrachias] 'Heptranchias perlo'); bigeye sixgill shark ('Hexanchus nakamurai'); bluntnose sixgill shark ('Hexanchus griseus'); smalltail shark ('Carcharhinus porosus'); whale shark ('Rhincodon typus'); white shark ('Carcharodon carcharias');

Existing subparagraph 40.7(d)(4)(v) is repealed.

Existing subparagraphs 40.7(d)(4)(vi) through 40.7(d)(4)(viii) are renumbered to 40.7(d)(4)(v) through 40.7(d)(4)(vii).