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Old 03-20-2006, 12:55 PM
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Dec Announces Marine Fishing Regulation Changes -Historical Fisheries Opening Remains Closed!
DEC ANNOUNCES MARINE FISHING REGULATION CHANGES Changes Made Following Public Review of Draft Regulations

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today announced revisions to DEC=s commercial and recreational marine fishing regulations. The changes incorporate revisions that are needed to meet requirements of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission=s Interstate Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) and to achieve consistency with federal regulations for cooperatively managed fisheries. Several changes to commercial fishing regulations address recommendations of the Marine Resources Advisory Council.

The changes include the following:

Atlantic Cod and Haddock Recreational Fishing Regulations - the minimum size limits for Atlantic cod and haddock are reduced to 22" and 19", respectively, consistent with federal regulations and those of neighboring states;
Winter Flounder Recreational Fishing Regulations - the minimum length is increased to 12", the possession limit decreased to 10 fish, and the open season reduced to April 1 through May 30 each year, all as required by Amendment 1 to the ASMFC Winter Flounder FMP. The season previously ran from the third Saturday in March to June 30 each year and September 15 to November 30 each year;
Black Sea Bass Recreational Fishing Regulations - the open season is increased to year-round, eliminating the current December 1 through December 31 closure;
Oyster Toadfish - new recreational and commercial regulations are imposed which include a minimum size limit of 10", possession limits of 3 fish recreational or 25 fish commercial, and a closed season from May 15 through July 15; this season closure is for both reac's and comm's.

NYSDEC - Marine Resources, Saltwater Fishing seasons, size and possession limits
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