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Post Fishing Regs and the DEC
There was a lot of radio chatter yesterday about the size limit for Sea Bass. Some said 13", some 14"...

The correct answer is 14".

The funny thing is that until yesterday the DEC had 13" displayed on their regulations page. I wonder if someone there heard the radio chatter since they updated the page yesterday afternoon? lol Govt work at its best...

Don't even think of going to the regulations page. It's WAY out of date and it's not being maintained.

Here's the current DEC page

Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:15 am

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Post Re: Fishing Regs and the DEC
The correct regulations appeared in the FTC Bulletin, two or three months ago. ;)

Agree DEC and NorEast were slow to the party ...

Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:16 pm

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Post Re: Fishing Regs and the DEC
I think what I saw in May from the DEC was the change proposal. I just received this release today via e-mail.

So we gain an inch, but get 10 fish for Christmas....

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DEC Adopts Required Restrictive Regulations Governing Recreational Black Sea Bass Harvest For 2015 Season
New York State Along with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Jersey Directed to Reduce Recreational Harvest of Black Sea Bass in 2015
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) adopted new regulations governing the recreational harvest of black sea bass to meet the 33-percent harvest reduction required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The proposed changes will ensure New York's fishery is consistent with the coast-wide fisheries management plan for summer flounder, scup and black sea bass.

"Black sea bass are very popular with marine anglers, but under the current federal catch limits New York's recreational landings must be further restricted," said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.

The adopted changes include a one-inch increase in the minimum size, from 13.0 to 14.0 inches, and an increase in the possession limit during the months of November and December only, from 8 fish to 10 fish. The current eight fish possession limit will be retained from July 15 through October 31. The open fishing season remains July 15 through December 31 with a minimum size limit of 14.0 inches during the entire open season.

Weaknesses in the current stock assessment caused federal scientists to exercise extreme caution when recommending annual harvest limits for black sea bass. As a result, for the third year in a row, New York, along with other states in the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) northern region (Massachusetts-New Jersey), must take steps to reduce the black sea bass harvest despite an apparent abundance of fish. A new stock assessment by the ASMFC in 2016 will be more robust and should provide the basis for expanded harvest opportunities in 2017.

Information on the most up-to-date marine recreational fishing regulations for all species can be found on the DEC website.

Marine recreational anglers 16 years or older are reminded that they must register each year in New York's free Recreational Marine Fishing Registry on the DEC website.

Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:52 pm

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Post Re: Fishing Regs and the DEC
I would call it losing an inch (from 13 to 14" ) , but have a longer season and threw a bone to the early winter party boat fishery. I'm OK with that. Seabass stocks apparently pretty healthy, many would agree that the current limits are still overly restrictive ....

Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:08 pm
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