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Saltwater Fishing & Boating

In This Issue:

  • ASMFC Striped Bass Public Hearings in New York
  • Report Cold-Stunned Sea Turtles Sightings on New York Beaches
  • Vessel Speed Restrictions to Protect Migrating Whales
  • American Lobster and Jonah Crab-Electronic Vessel Tracking for Federal Permit Holders
  • Upcoming Fishery Meetings
    • 2024 Commercial Fishing Quota Distribution Meeting
    • Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) Meeting Rescheduled
    • Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management (MAFMC) Council Meeting

ASMFC Striped Bass Public Hearings in New York

Striped Bass

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) released the Draft Addendum II to Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass (PDF) for public comment. This Draft Addendum presents background on ASMFC's management of striped bass commercial fisheries. the addendum process and timeline, and a statement of the problem. This document also provides management options for public consideration and comment.

New York State will be hosting two in-person hearings to receive public comments.

  • Monday, December 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at DEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park.
  • Monday, December 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at DEC Region 3 Headquarters, 21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY.

A listen-only live stream link for each hearing is included on DEC's public calendar.

The public is encouraged to submit written comments regarding the proposed management options in this document by December 22, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). 

Written comments can be made by email to (Subject: Striped Bass Draft Addendum II), by mail to Emilie Franke, ASMFC, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite 200 A-N, Arlington, VA 22201, or by fax to (703) 842-0741.

Fish illustration courtesy of Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Report Cold-Stunned Sea Turtle Sightings on New York Beaches

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Washed up Cold Stunned On Long Island Beach

There are four species of sea turtles that can be found in New York waters: Atlantic Green, Kemp’s Ridley, Loggerhead, and Leatherback Sea turtles. These four species remain in New York waters during the warmer months and typically migrate south towards warmers waters by mid-November.

As a result of climate change impacts, warmer water temperatures cause sea turtles to remain in the waters around New York longer than usual. When the water temperature drops before sea turtles can migrate out of the area, they become cold stunned. Cold stunning is a hypothermic condition that results in a lethargic state, which causes these animals to appear dead when discovered washed ashore on local beaches.

If you see a sea turtle wash ashore, please call the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829 and relay as much information as possible. The response teams from Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) and New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) need a detailed report of where the animal is located. If possible, write down the coordinates and/or mark the turtle's location with something, such as a stick or driftwood, that will be easy for the team to find.

Please do not touch the animal, put the animal back in the water, or remove the animal from the beach. Sea turtles are federally protected animals and are only to be handled by authorized personnel. Any further sudden changes in temperature or additional stress can lead to death.

Photo Courtesy of New York Marine Rescue Center.

Vessel Speed Restrictions to Protect Migrating Whales 

NOAA Fisheries has announced the annual openings of Seasonal Management Areas (SMAs) in the Mid- Atlantic to protect North Atlantic right whales starting on November 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024. All vessels 65 feet or longer must travel at 10 knots or less in this area to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with these endangered whales.

Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Areas Map

Details and graphics of all of all vessel strike management zones currently in effect can be found on NOAA's Fisheries website.

Lobster and Jonah Crab Electronic Vessel Tracking for Federal Permit Holders


Beginning December 15th, 2023, all federal permit holders who harvest American Lobster or Jonah Crab with pots and list New York as their primary port of landing, will be required to install electronic trackers aboard their vessels (this requirement does not apply to LCMA 6).

This is a requirement of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (ASMFC) Addendum XXIX to Amendment 3 to the American Lobster Fisheries Management Plan and Addendum IV to the Jonah Crab Fisheries Management Plan (PDF). Enhanced spatial and temporal data will address several challenges facing these fisheries, including stock assessment limitations, protected species interactions, marine spatial planning efforts, and enforcement in federal waters.

ASMFC has funding to cover costs of tracker installation and data plans. ASMFC staff will be contacting active pot fishing New York American Lobster/Jonah Crab federal permit holders with further details. New York American Lobster/Jonah Crab federal permit holders can contact DEC with any questions.

Upcoming Fishery Meetings

Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) Rescheduled Meeting

New Date: Tuesday, November 28 2:00 p.m.
Location: DEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park

Once available, a complete agenda for the meeting can be found on MRAC's website.

2024 Commercial Fishing Quota Distribution Meeting

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: DEC Division of Marine Resources, 123 Kings Park Blvd, Kings Park

Stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide input on proposed 2024 commercial quota distribution plans. Species to be discussed include menhaden, horseshoe crab, summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish.

Details to join the meeting virtually can be found on DEC's website.

Mid- Atlantic Fishery Council Meeting (MAFMC) Council Meeting

Date: Monday, December 11, 2023- Thursday, December 14, 2023, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Notary Hotel, 21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Additional details will be posted on the MAFMC's website.