Season Extended To October 13
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the state has extended the commercial black sea bass fishing season to October 13. Originally scheduled to close on September 17, the recent tropical storm contributed to a lower rate of black sea bass landings, making New York’s waters prime for an extended harvest season.
“Commercial fishing is a proud New York tradition and remains a key sector of this state's economy -- particularly on Long Island,” Governor Cuomo said. "This extension will allow these fishermen and women additional time to ply their trade, make a living and recover from disruptions caused by recent severe weather."
After review of the most recent landings data, Department of Environmental Conservation and Division of Marine Resources staff determined that the commercial season could be extended. The current trip limit of 50 lbs. per day remains in effect.
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “Commercial and recreational fishing is essential to the state’s economy. The Department of Environmental Conservation prides itself on ensuring that we properly manage the fishery to maximize on these opportunities, and will continue to closely monitor landings through the period and adjust the season as needed as required under the joint Federal/Interstate Fisheries Management Plan.”
For certain commercially harvested species like black sea bass, annual commercial quota allocations are provided by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Fishery management tools such as fishing trip limits and quota management plans have been implemented for quota managed species.
Senator Ken LaValle said, “We need to do all we can to help Long Island’s fishing industry and keep it a viable economic engine on the East End. I am pleased that the Department of Environmental Conservation has responded to the needs of the fishing community by extending the Black Sea Bass season. The additional time will enable those fishing to make up for some of the revenue lost due to the recent harsh weather.”
New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. said, “I thank the Department of Environmental Conservation for extending this year’s commercial sea bass season. Tropical storm Hermine stalled off the coast of Long Island for several days causing dangerous and unnavigable conditions in our local and offshore waters. This extra time will allow our commercial fishermen and women the opportunity to fulfill New York’s annual harvest quota, pumping more money into the Long Island and New York economies.”
The Department of Environmental Conservation continues to work closely with commercial fishermen to expand black sea bass harvest opportunities, and also has called for a revised, more equitable federal management strategy to improve the fishery experience.
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