All regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are held on Tuesdays at 2:00pm at the office of the Bureau of Marine Resources, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, 205 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket, NY. Any change in meeting dates, times or location will be posted on this Web Page. Those planning to attend a Council meeting are encouraged to check this Web Page beforehand for any such changes.

The July 10th Meeting has been CANCELLED!

Below are the dates of the regularly-scheduled meetings of the Marine Resources Advisory Council in Calendar 2018:

  • Tuesday, January 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the DEC Offices, 205 Belle Mead Road
  • March 6th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices
  • April 17th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices  CANCELLED!
  • May 8th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices
  • July 10th – 6:30 p.m. School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University – Endeavour Hall 120 CANCELLED!
  • MONDAY September 24th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices day/date changed to accommodate MRIP presentation
  • November 13th – 2:00 p.m. NYSDEC Offices

April 18th, 2017 Meeting Agenda

NYSDEC Offices, 205 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Open meeting – Due to the cancellation of March’s meeting we will give an update on Tautog, Black Sea Bass and Summer Flounder.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break for lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Closed session for Councilors only.  We will be going over voting procedures (quorum requirements), Council vacancies and attendance expectations.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Open meeting consisting of Legislative Review (current and pending Legislation).


2:00PM NYSDEC Offices, 205 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket

  • Public Comment on non-agenda items
  • Approval of November 15, 2016 and January 17, 2017 Minutes
  • Updates:
    • Tautog
      • Recreational Management Measures
      • Status of spring season
      • Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan
    • Black Sea Bass
      • Recreational management measures
    • Summer Flounder
      • Recreational management measure
  • Discussion on potential agenda topics for the April Meeting:
    • MRAC procedures


Agenda 3-21-17 PDF

January 17, 2017 Meeting Agenda


NYSDEC Offices, 205 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket, NY


  • Public comment on non-agenda items
  • Approval of November’s minutes
  • Updates on Black Sea Bass management
  • Updates on Summer Flounder management
  • Presentation by Greg Matzat from NYSERDA – “New York Offshore Wind”
  • Other Business

November 15, 2016 Meeting Agenda


  1. Public comment on non-agenda items
  2. Approval of September’s minutes
  3. Presentation from Dr. Maya L. Groner (VIMS) titled “Managing marine diseases despite large knowledge gaps: A case study of epizootic shell disease in the American Lobster”
  4. Updates:
    • Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass
    • Menhaden
    • American Lobster
    • Blackfish
  5. Update on Amendment 1
  6. 2017 Harvest limits
  7. Northern Puffer
  8. 2017 Meeting Calendar

September 13, 2016 Meeting Agenda

  1. Public Comment
  2. Approval of July 12, 2016 Minutes
  3. Update on Summer Flounder, Black Sea Bass and Bluefish
    1. ASMFC & MAFMC multi-year specifications
  4. Observer Program overview
  5. Discussion on Striped Bass commercial season opening date
  6. Update on Stripd Bass license/permit sub-committee

MRAC Agenda – July 12, 2016


Approval of May 10, 2016 Minutes

Public Comments

Black Sea Bass

  • Implemented recreational measures for 2016
  • Commercial quota management
  • Potential Federal changes to Black Sea Bass management for 2016


  • Potential Federal changes to Bluefish management for 2016

MRAC Agenda – May 10, 2016

AGENDA – May 10, 2016

  • Announcements:
  • New DEC Marine Division
  • Public Comments
  • Approval of January 19, 2016 & March 23, 2016’s meeting Minutes
  • Presentation by SUNY Farmingdale – “Leveraging Long Island’s Coastal Heritage for the Future.”
  • ASMFC updates
  • Legislative Review – bills being addressed listed below


S07186:  Proposing an amendment to article 1 of the constitution, in relation to validating certain grants of land and charters made by the king of Great Britain before October 14, 1775 and giving the legislature the authority to enact laws to implement this section

S05112:  AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to blackfish or tautog

S07261:  AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage alewife

S07266:  AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to extending the authority of the department of environmental conservation to manage the American shad

A07507:  AN ACT to amend the economic development law, in relation to the establishment of a state small business commercial fishing industry advocate and the creation of a small business commercial fishing economic development program to promote small businesses in the state’s commercial fishing industry.

A04410:  AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law and the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the regulation of aquaculture; to amend the environmental conservation law and the state finance law, in relation to making technical changes thereto; and to repeal certain provisions of the environmental conservation law relating to the regulation of aquaculture

A07461:  AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to labeling requirements for fish wholesalers

H.R.3070:  A BILL to clarify that for purposes of all Federal laws governing marine fisheries management, the landward boundary of the exclusive economic zone between areas south of Montauk, New York, and Point Judith, Rhode Island and for other purposes.

Please note this meeting will be held at the DEC offices, 205 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket at 2:00 p.m.

MRAC Agenda April 19, 2016

  • Approval of Minutes from January and March Council meetings
  • News/Announcements
  • Public Comment (non-agenda items)
  • Marine Resources-related Legislation Review (attachment below)

2016 bills

MRAC Agenda March 23, 2016

  • Review of Options for 2016 Black Sea Bass Recreational Measures and Selection of Preferred Option
  • Discussion of H.R. 3070, Bill by NY Rep. Zeldin to allow fishing for striped bass in a portion of the EEZ off NY
  • Annual report to the commissioner
  • Approval of January 2016’s meeting Minutes

2016 Winter Meeting Summary

NYDEC Black Sea Bass 2016 MEMO

BLACK SEA BASS – Latest news
At the Council meeting held 3/23/16 the DEC provided a table of various options with regard to the reduction of black sea bass quota for the recreational sector.  From the options provided (see below) a motion was made by Councilor Paradiso, seconded by Councilor Witek –  Motion:  Move to adopt option 15.3 for the New York 2016 recreational black sea bass fishery (Option 15.3, Possession limit 5/8/10, Season July 8th-August 31st/September 1st-October 31st/November 1st-December 31st, Size 15.0″)  Since there wasn’t a quorum present at the meeting, the vote was later handled via email.  The results are:  Yays (6), Nays (4), Abstentions (2), No vote (1),  Motion passes.


MRAC Agenda January 19, 2016

  • Update from joint ASMFC/MAFMC December meeting on Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass
  • APAIS – Presentation on DEC taking over survey from NMFS
  • Striped Bass – review of MRAC’s recommendations for permit transfers
  • MRAC – Annual Report to the Commissioner
  • Updates – BRIEF updates will be given on Jonah crab, American eel, Atlantic menhaden, the omnibus regulation process and Sandy Fishery Disaster Funds
  • 2016 meeting schedule

Black Sea Bass memo

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