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Marine Resources Regulatory Revisions

Proposed, Emergency and Recently Adopted Regulations

Proposed Regulations

State residents, stakeholders, and regulated parties have the opportunity to comment on proposed regulations. Information on how to comment on proposed fish and wildlife regulations is available online.

6 NYCRR Part 10, Part 19 & Part 40 - Striped Bass Circle Hooks

The rule would require the use of circle hooks while recreationally fishing for striped bass when using bait.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement

This notice will be published in issue 1 of the State Register, dated January 6, 2021.

Comment period is open through March 8, 2021.

Comments can be sent to:

Carol Hoffman
NYSDEC Marine Resources
205 N. Belle Mead Rd., Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Phone: (631) 444-0476
Email: carol.hoffman@dec.ny.gov

6 NYCRR Part 41 - Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands (2020)

This rulemaking is necessary to prevent the harvest of shellfish from areas that do not meet water quality standards and to protect the public health. This rulemaking also increases opportunities for shellfish harvest from areas whose water quality now meets the standards.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement

This notice will be published in issue 42 of the State Register, dated October 21, 2020.

Comment period is closed.

6 NYCRR Part 40 - Marine Fish - Commercial Tautog Tagging Program

The proposed rule amends management strategies for tautog, to require commercial tautog tagging.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.
  • Regulatory Impact Statement

This notice will be published in issue 12 of the State Register, dated March 25, 2020.

Comment period is closed.

Emergency Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 41 - Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands (2020)

This rulemaking is necessary to prevent the harvest of shellfish from areas that do not meet water quality standards and to protect the public health. This rulemaking also increases opportunities for shellfish harvest from areas whose water quality now meets the standards.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

The Emergency Rule went into effect on October 1, 2020, and was re-adopted on December 28, 2020 and will remain in effect for 60 days.

Recently Adopted Regulations

6 NYCRR Part 40 - Marine Fish - Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program

This rulemaking establishes a Cooperative Multi-State Possession and Landing Program that will allow eligible commercial fishermen to: (1) possess weekly limits for quota-managed species for multiple cooperating states (NY, CT, RI) onboard the vessel simultaneously while fishing, transiting or landing, and (2) in one trip, land their weekly limits with the cooperating states.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

Adopted on December 9, 2020. Effective on January 14, 2020.

6 NYCRR Part 40 Marine Fish - Recreational Bluefish

The proposed rule amends recreational fishing limits for bluefish. This rule sets limits at 3 fish per day for private anglers and shore-based fishers and 5 fish per day for anglers fishing from for-hire vessels.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

Adopted on September 30, 2020. Effective on May 8, 2020.

6 NYCRR Part 10 Sportfishing Regulations & Part 40 Marine Fish: Striped Bass

The proposed rule amends the current commercial and recreational size limit restrictions for Atlantic striped bass to remain in compliance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) FMP for Atlantic Striped Bass. The new management measures adopted by ASMFC require that Atlantic striped bass fish removals be reduced by at least 18 percent, as specified in Addendum VI to Amendment 6 of ASMFC's FMP for Atlantic Striped Bass.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

Adopted on August 19, 2020. Effective on March 31, 2020.

6 NYCRR Part 40 - Marine Fish - Shark, Squid, Cod

This rulemaking amends management strategies for sharks, squid and Atlantic cod. Specifically, the rule (1) increases the recreational size limit for shortfin mako sharks from 54" Fork Length (FL) for both sexes to 71" FL for males and 83" FL for females; (2) prohibits both the commercial and recreational possession of blacknose sharks; (3) sets commercial possession limit for Atlantic cod at 50 pounds per day; (4) decreases the commercial size limit for Atlantic cod from 22" to 19" and decreases the recreational minimum size for Atlantic cod from 22" to 21"; (5) allows commercial trip and possession limits for Illex and longfin squid to be established by future directives from the Department.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

Adopted on July 22, 2020. Effective on March 3, 2020.

6 NYCRR Part 40 - Commercial Scup

This rulemaking is necessary to implement the required measures to remain consistent with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries regulations.

  • Text of Rule - Underlined wording found in the text of the express terms is material to be added to the regulations. Wording found within brackets [ ] is material to be deleted.

Adopted on April 8, 2020. Effective on April 12, 2019.

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