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Postby EC NEWELLMAN » Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:22 pm

2019 Specifications for Fluke, Scup and Black Sea Bass Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries is seeking comments on the proposed 2019 catch limits for the summer flounder (fluke), scup and black sea bass fisheries.

The proposed specifications would result in:

Summer flounder recreational harvest limit increasing 16 percent

•New York’s commercial summer flounder allocation set at 7.6 percent of the coastal commercial quota (this is status quo, the same as it has been since 1993)

Black sea bass maintaining the same specification as 2018, and reopening the February black sea bass recreational fishery

Scup maintaining the same specification as 2018, and an increase in incidental possession limit for specified permit holders from April 15–June 15

Read the proposed rule as published in the Federal Register, and submit your comments through the online portal. You may also submit comments through regular mail to: Michael Pentony, regional administrator, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930.
The comment period is open through Friday, November 30, 3018.

Reminder to Renew 2019 Commercial Fishing Permits & Licenses
NYSDEC Marine Permit Office (MPO) is now issuing 2019 commercial fishing licenses.

To ensure we renew your requested license/permit in a timely manner for the coming year, DEC strongly encourages all limited entry permit holders to submit your completed 2019 renewal application(s) as soon as possible, on or before December 15, 2018, so that you are issued your license(s) and/or permit(s) before January 1, 2019.

Limited entry licenses and permits include: food fishing license, crab permit, whelk license, and lobster permit.

The MPO will be closed on December 25, 2018 (Christmas Day) and January 1, 2019 (New Year’s Day). Please plan accordingly to successfully renew your 2019 permits or licenses.

Last Day to Renew 2018 Limited Entry Permits is December 31, 2018

Please remember, the last day to renew 2018 limited entry permits will be Monday, December 31, 2018.

After December 31, 2018, you will no longer be eligible to renew limited entry permits for the 2018 year.

For additional information, please contact the MPO at (631) 444-0470 or by e-mail.

Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop

NOAA Fisheries is holding a free workshop on:

December 13, 2018, at the
Marriott Courtyard located at
5000 Express Drive South,
Ronkonkoma, New York 11779

This workshop is designed to educate longline and gillnet fishermen on the proper techniques for safe handling and release of entangled or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, smalltooth sawfish, Atlantic sturgeon, and prohibited sharks. In an effort to improve reporting, identification of protected species and prohibited sharks is also taught at these workshops.
For more information about this workshop, visit the NOAA Fisheries Website.

Cold Stunned Sea Turtle Awareness

New York’s marine waters are home to four species of sea turtles: the Kemp’s ridley, Atlantic green, loggerhead, and leatherback. As winter approaches and temperatures decrease, sea turtles can be left stranded in dangerously cold waters resulting in them becoming ‘cold stunned’, which is a hypothermic reaction. Cold stunned turtles wash up on our beaches and experience decreased heart rate and circulation, and eventually shock, pneumonia and potentially death.

If you observe a stranded sea turtle, please call the New York State Stranding Hotline immediately at (631) 369-9829. For more information about sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation in New York, visit the Riverhead Foundation.

Upcoming Important Dates - Meetings

ASMFC Public Hearing on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
DEC Marine Resources Headquarters
205 N. Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY 11733
Public Comments due by 5 p.m. on November 29, 2018.

BOEM New York Bight Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue at 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

Commercial Quota Distribution Meeting
Monday, December 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
DEC Marine Resources Headquarters
205 N. Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY 11733



Meet with an Oceanographer
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901

Join NYSDEC staff at the Long Island Aquarium to learn about New York State’s official saltwater fish, the striped bass (Morone saxatilis). Striped bass is a valuable species for New York’s commercial and recreational fisheries. They spend the majority of their life in the ocean, returning to our local bays and rivers to spawn in the spring. Come learn how to age striped bass scales and learn how you can help contribute to the management of this species.

NEFMC: Jan. 8, 2019 New England Recreational Fishing Workshops

New England Recreational Fishing Workshops

NOAA Fisheries’ Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) is hosting three workshops in New England to gather stakeholder input on developing both short- and long-term management measures for the recreational fishing community.

The workshops will be held:

January 8, 2019 in Portsmouth, NH;
January 10, 2019 in Narragansett, RI; and
January 12, 2019 in Plymouth, MA.

Recommendations will be presented to the New England Fishery Management Council’s Recreational Advisory Panel and the full Council.

For more information, visit purpose, goals, objectives, and registration details
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