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Regulations
These regulations are effective May 5, 2008.

Saltwater Fishing Regulations- New York D.E.C. Bureau of Marine Resources
Laws and regulations are frequently amended by the Legislature or DEC. You should check with the Bureau of Marine Resources to ensure that the requirements set forth in this notice remain in effect.

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Marine Recreational Fishing Limits
Species Size Limits
(Total Length in Inches)
Daily Possession Limits
(Number of Fish)
Open Seasons
Summer flounder (fluke) 20.5 4 May 15 - Sept 1
Winter flounder 12 10 April 1 - May 30
Tautog (blackfish) 14 4

Oct 1 - Dec 20 Jan 17 - Apr 30

Bluefish (including "snappers") No minimum size for first 10 fish
12 TL for the next 5
15
No more than 10 of which shall be less then 12" TL
All year
Weakfish
16
10 filleted
12 dressed

6

All year
Atlantic cod 22 No limit All year
Pollock 19 No limit All year
Haddock 19 No limit All year
Striped bass; marine waters**
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
28 2*** Apr 15 - Dec 15
Striped bass; marine waters**
All other anglers
28 - 40
>40
1
1
Apr 15 - Dec 15
Striped bass; north of George Washington Bridge 18 1 Mar 16 - Nov 30
Red drum No minimum size No limit for fish less then 27" TL.
Fish greater than 27" shall not be possessed.
All year
Spanish mackerel 14 15 All year
King mackerel 23 3 All year
Cobia 37 2 All year
Atlantic sturgeon Moratorium Moratorium Moratorium
Black Sea Bass 12 25 All year
Scup (Porgy)
Anglers aboard licensed party/charter boats
11 10
45***
June 12 - Aug 31
Sept 1 - Oct 15***
Scup (Porgy)
All other anglers
10.5 10 May 24 - Sept 26
American eel 6 50 All year
Monkfish (goose fish) 17
11 tail length
Any number All year
American Shad No size limit 1 All year
Hickory Shad No size limit 5 All year
Yellowtail flounder 13 No limit All year
Oyster toadfish 10 3 July 16 - May 14
Horseshoe crabs No size limit 5 All year
Blue Crab+
Hard Shell
Soft Shell
Peeler/Shedder++
4 1/2"
3 1/2"
3"
50 All year
All Other Crabs+ No size limit 50 All year
American lobster+
LMA 6 (Long Island Sound, Rec. permit required)
3 5/16" carapace length 6 All year
American lobster+
LMA 4 (Atlantic Ocean, Rec. permit required)
3 3/8" carapace length 6 All year

** Marine waters -- South of George Washington Bridge
*** The customer of any party/charter boat who takes more than 25 scup from Sept 1 - Oct 31 or takes two striped bass from Apr 15 - Dec 15 must possess an original dated receipt from the licensed vessel.
+ Lobsters and crabs in spawn (eggs visible thereon) may not be taken or possessed.
++ Peeler or shedder crabs are hard blue crabs which have a fully formed soft shell beneath the hard outer shell and the impending shedding process is evidenced by the white sign along the outer rim of the paddle-like appendages on the crab's fifth pair of legs.