Regulation Changes for 2005 -2006
Changes Affect Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, Striped Bass, and Bluefish
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan announced in April that DEC has adopted emergency marine recreational fishing regulations for 2005-06 affecting summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, striped bass, and bluefish.
Effective April 8, 2005, emergency regulations implement the following changes:
Summer Flounder - Minimum size limit: 17.5" Total Length
Possession Limit: 5
Open Season: April 29 through October 31
Scup - Minimum size limit: 10.5" Total Length
Possession Limit: 25
Open Season: July 1 through October 31
Except that passengers fishing aboard licensed Party/Charter boats may each possess up to 60 scup during the period of September 1 through October 31.
Black Sea Bass - Minimum size limit (unchanged): 12" Total Length
Possession limit (unchanged): 25
Open Season: January 1 through November 30
Striped Bass - Possession Limit: 1 fish between 28" and 40" Total Length and
1 fish greater than 40" Total Length
Except that passengers fishing aboard Party/Charter boats possessing a striped bass permit may possess 2 fish with a minimum length of 28" Total Length. Open season (unchanged): April 15 through December 15
Bluefish - Possession Limit: 15 fish, no more than 10 of which may be less than 12 inches in Total Length.
Open season (unchanged): All year
All other marine recreational fishing regulations remain unchanged by this emergency regulation. DEC's website