NEW YORK (WWTI) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced new regulations for saltwater recreational fishing for black bass and scup. The new regulations had already gone into effect in the New York Coastal and Marine District.
According to the DEC, the regulatory changes are necessary for New York State to continue to comply with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission by reducing the recreational catch of scup and black sea bass. New regulations state that New York’s recreational season for black bass begins June 23 and the minimum size limit is 16 inches.
From June 23 to August 31, recreational anglers can own three black bass per day, and from September 1 to December 31, anglers can catch six fish per day. The recreational minimum size limit for scup in New York is 10 inches and the season is open year-round.
Recreational anglers can own 30 fish per day and anglers aboard licensed or charter boats can own 50 fish from September 1 through October 31. The increased recreational minimum size limit for New York State scup maintains consistency with the size limit in federal waters.
New York State is required to reduce the catch by 20.7% due to a decision made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under federal rules released June 9. New York complies with the new rule by increasing the minimum size limit by one inch and lowering the possession limit.
The full text of the regulation is available on the DEC website. The DEC is accepting comments on the regulations from July 6 to September 6. For current regulations, see DEC’s Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations.