DEC has adopted new recreational possession limits for bluefish of three fish for private vessel and shore-based anglers, and five fish for anglers fishing from for-hire vessels. There is no restriction on minimum size or season. These regulations are consistent with neighboring states and in federal waters, 3–200 nautical miles offshore.
NOAA implemented these temporary interim recreational regulations in an effort to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the bluefish stock, as recommended by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), which jointly manage the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
ASMFC and MAFMC are jointly developing a Bluefish Allocation and Rebuilding Amendment in accordance with the FMP. The rebuilding plan is expected to consider adjusting allocations between sectors and states, the quota transfer process, and revising the Bluefish FMP objectives. For additional information and action updates, visit MAFMC’s website.
Before going fishing, check the Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations for the most up to date limits and seasons, and make sure to enroll in New York’s free Marine Recreational Fishing Registry. The registry is required when fishing in New York’s marine and coastal district waters or the Hudson River and its tributaries for “migratory fish of the sea.” DEC encourages anglers to purchase sporting licenses online at this time, and anglers may use their privileges immediately by simply carrying their transaction number (DEC-LS#) with them.
Photo of Bluefish provided by DEC.