The recreational fishing rules for summer flounder (fluke), scup (porgy) and black sea bass have been permanently adopted, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.
The rules were initially adopted as an emergency rule making on April 29 and were in effect for 90 days. Upon publication of the rule in the July 24, 2013 New York State Register, they became permanent. There were no changes to the original emergency adopted rules.
These new regulations are less restrictive than current rules and specify changes to the minimum size limit, possession limit and open season for all three species.
The season for fluke opened May 1 and will remain open through Sunday, September 29, 2013. The fluke size limit is 19 inches and there is a four-fish bag limit. Black sea bass fishing season runs from July 10 to December 31, with a 13-inch minimum size and an eight-fish bag limit. Porgy rules were slightly relaxed for 2013, with a 10-inch minimum size, 30-fish bag limit and a fishing season from May 1 to December 31 for all anglers. Party and charter boats will have a bonus of a 45-fish bag limit from September 1 to October 31.
Anglers are reminded to register with the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry, which is required for fishing in the Marine and Coastal District. No fee is required. Anglers should check DEC's website for the most recent information on New York's fishing limits.
Recreational marine fishing regulations can be viewed on the DEC website. For additional information, contact DEC Marine Resources Division at 631-444-0435.