Daily Trip Limits to Increase for Commercial Bluefish and Scup Fisheries
New York State Continues to Fight for Equitable Quota Allocations
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has notified State-licensed commercial fishermen that New York State's marine waters will be temporarily closed to commercial summer flounder (fluke) harvest and landings as of 12:00 a.m. on Sept. 15.
DEC's Division of Marine Resources reports that internal landings and projections for Quota Period 5 (Aug. 1 - Sept. 30) show that at the current rate of harvest, New York's commercial fishermen will exceed the pounds available for Period 5, requiring a closure to prevent impacts to fishermen harvesting summer flounder later in the year and/or to prevent the State from overharvesting its 2018 federal allocation. The commercial summer flounder fishery will reopen on Oct. 1 as planned.