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Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:42 am

Here it goes again........

New Federal Rules for Recreational and Commercial Shark Fishing

Starting January 1st, 2018:


Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit holders who fish for shark recreationally will need to obtain a shark endorsement, which requires completion of an online shark identification and fishing regulation training course.

HMS permit holders with a shark endorsement will be required to use non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks while fishing for sharks recreationally in federal waters (3 – 200 miles offshore) south of 41°43’N latitude (Chatham, MA), except when fishing with flies or artificial lures

• Commercial HMS directed shark permit holders using bottom longline gear will also be required to use circle hooks.

See new NOAA fisheries requirements, and Highly Migratory Species permit information.

New York State already requires that sharks, excluding spiny dogfish, shall not be taken for commercial or recreational purposes by baited hooking except with the use of non-stainless steel non-offset circle hooks in state waters (0 – 3 miles offshore).

Also, no person shall conduct, sponsor or participate in any shark tournament unless said tournament’s rules and regulations require the exclusive use of non-stainless steel, non-offset circle hooks.


Shark fishing is popular with recreational and tournament anglers in New York. Before you head out to try your luck at shark fishing, you must:

- First register with the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry and

- Apply for a federal Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permit

NMFS Permit Shop

Prohibited Shark Identification Placard Prohibited shark identification for the fisheries of the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.


New Federal Charter and Party Vessel

>>>>> Electronic Reporting <<<<<

Starting March 12, 2018, all federally permitted for-hire vessels fishing for the below managed species must submit electronic vessel trip reports. Vessels with Federal charter or party permits for any of the following species will be bound by this rule: Atlantic mackerel, Black sea bass, Bluefish, Butterfish, Scup, Squid, Summer Flounder, and Tilefish.


Public hearing on Recreational Black Sea Bass Draft Addendum XXX

January 11, 2018, 6:00pm
NYS DEC Division of Marine Resources Headquarters
205 N Belle Mead Rd, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733
Contact: John Maniscalco,
'E'-mail john.maniscalco@dec.ny.gov

Draft Addendum XXX

Draft Addendum XXX was initiated to consider:

- alternative regional management approaches for the recreational fishery, including options for

- regional allocation of the recreational harvest limit (RHL) based on historical harvest and exploitable biomass.

The Draft Addendum also includes an option for coastwide management of black sea bass recreational fisheries should a regional approach not be approved for management.

In recent years, challenges in the black sea bass recreational fishery have centered on providing equitable access to the resource in the face of uncertain population size, structure, and distribution.

Since 2012, the recreational fishery has been managed under an ad-hoc regional management approach, whereby the states of Massachusetts through New Jersey have individually crafted measures aimed at reducing harvest by the same percent, while the states of Delaware through North Carolina have set their regulations consistent with the federal waters measures.

While this approach allowed the states flexibility in setting measures, some states expressed concerns about equity and accountability in constraining harvest to coastwide catch limits.

Additionally, the 2016 Benchmark Stock Assessment provided information on the abundance and distribution of the resource along the coast that was not previously available to include in the management program.

Draft Addendum XXX proposes two approaches for regional allocation of the RHL in the black sea bass recreational fishery:

(1) allocation based on a combination of stock biomass and harvest information, or

(2) allocation based solely on historical harvest.

The regional allocation options offer advantages over coastwide regulations by addressing geographic differences in the stock (size, abundance, and seasonality) while allowing for more uniformity in measures between neighboring states.

The Draft Addendum also proposes an option for evaluating harvest and adjusting measures against the annual catch limit, which aims to reduce year to year changes in management measures.

Anglers and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on Draft Addendum XXX either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum is available at http://www.asmfc.org/files/PublicInput/ ... omment.pdf and can also be accessed on the Commission website (http://www.asmfc.org) under Public Input.

To aid the submission of public comment, please refer to the decision tree found in Appendix III on PDF page 23, which outlines the management options being considered. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) onJanuary 22, 2018 and should be forwarded to Caitlin Starks, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St., Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, Virginia 22201; 703.842.0741 (fax) or at comments@asmfc.org (Subject line: Draft Addendum XXX).

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