The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Joseph Martens, Commissioner
New York State
Department of Environmental Conservation
Albany, NY 12233-0001
James J. Gilmore, Jr.
NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Bureau of Marine Resources
205 N Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, New York 11733-3400
The Coalition for Recreational Fishing is concerned about
the recent Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) recommendation
for future striped bass management. The MRAC recommendation
calls for 2 fish per person per day for all users between
28 and 34 inches, and a second fish somewhere over 36”
(size to be determined by DEC to meet the harvest reduction).
The recommendation includes a request that DEC officials
calculate the size of the second larger fish, in inches,
needed in order to achieve a harvest savings of 28%. Thus,
a NO HARVEST SLOT would be created. As an example, if DEC
determines that a second fish over 38 inches will achieve
a 28% harvest reduction, a no harvest slot between 34 and
38 inches would be created. The Coalition wants to point
out that a no harvest slot would create several new management
and enforcement problems.
First, private anglers are likely to be confused by this
slot. Private anglers in New York have never fished with
a “no harvest slot,” and it may lead to errors,
overharvesting, and “innocent” errors. Second,
since spear fishermen are allowed to harvest striped bass,
we wonder how a spear harvester under water with limited
visibility and with a needed to make a quick decision to
shoot or not, can be expected to accurately harvest striped
bass. Third, a narrow “no harvest” slot will
require more careful measuring that will likely mean that
fish in that slot will be kept out of the water for a longer
period of time. This will effectively make live releasing
Stripers more difficult and will likely increase post release
Enforcement will get a lot more complicated and awkward.
It is important to note that if this recommendation is implemented
greater resources from DEC will be required in order to
properly educate anglers and also to enforce the regulation.
We point out that the legislature and governor then has
a responsibility to make these resources available should
the recommendation be approved.
Our recommendation, however, is much simpler to understand
and enforce. We continue to advocate a bag limit of one
fish per person per day over 28” for both private
and for-hire fishermen as a means of increasing the odds
that the new management effort will be easy to understand
and enforce, and will achieve a significant reduction in
the striped bass harvest.
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New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing
The Montauk Surfcasters Association is a non-profit
• Preserves and protects the privilege to fish on Long Island.
• Represents MSA on the Fishing Advisory Board, an ad hoc
committee which advises New York State on matters affecting
surf fishermen such as permit regulations, beach access, fees,
habitat & use of State Parks.
• Represents fishermen on matters affecting the use of Suffolk
• Lobbies elected officials on regulations affecting the fishery,
habitat protection and other environmental matters.
• Monitors State and local candidates for office and informs
membership on issues affecting fishermen.
Annual activities of the M.S.A include:
• Spring and fall clean-up of the beaches surrounding Montauk
Point; participation in National Beach Clean-up Day; spring
clean-up at Cedar Beach.
• Annual poster contest in Montauk as part of Oktoberfest.
• Annual picnic at Suffolk County Park - Third House.
• Participation in fishing seminars.
• Annual membership dues are $15.00 for adults 18 years
and older; $20.00 for family.
• Members in good standing receive a quarterly newsletter.
• Six meetings per year: Four meetings held on the first Saturday
in May, June, October and November in Montauk; two meetings
held in Islip on the first Saturday of January and March.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Vice President: Mike Lang
Treasure: Paul Valenti
Communications Director: Jay Blatt
Recording Secretary: [Open]
Membership: Maryann Young
Vice President Emeritus (deceasesd): Ken Dobos
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