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.

Below are the dates of the regularly-scheduled meetings of the Marine Resources Advisory Council in Calendar 2019:

    • January 22nd
    • March 26th *
    • April 16th CANCELLED due to a lack of a quorum.
    • May 21st
    • July 23rd Stony Brook University – Charles B. Wang Center from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    • September 17th
    • November 19th

    All meetings will take place at the DEC Offices, 205 Belle Mead Road, East Setauket at 2:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. It is best to check the MRAC web page prior to a meeting for any possible changes and the agenda.

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

July 7, 2015 Agenda

Marine Resources Advisory Council
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
7:00 P.M.
205 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket
1. Introduction of new Chairman, Dr. Michael Frisk
2. Public Comment period (non-agenda items only)
3. Approval, draft minutes, May 21, 2015 Council meeting (closed session)
4. Whelk

  • DEC presentation on proposed omnibus regulation for whelk, Asian horseshoe crabs and terrapin escape vents

5. Fisheries updates

  • winter flounder
  • black sea bass
  • Hurricane Sandy disaster aid
  • recent fish kills

2015 Meetings

Note regarding May 19th Meeting: The Council will be meeting, however, it will be a closed door session to discuss possible changes to procedures, venue, and the Chairmanship.  The next regularly scheduled meeting including the public will take place on July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the DEC offices located at 205 Belle Meade Road, East Setauket .


Below are the dates of the regularly-scheduled meetings of the Marine Resources Advisory Council in Calendar 2015:

Directions:     Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) to exit 62 (Nicolls Road/County Route 97).  North on Nicolls Road for about 9 miles, crossing Route 347 to 2nd traffic light north of 347.  Make a left at light (South Entrance) onto South Drive. At the next light, make a right turn onto Marburger Drive.  Less than 500’ turn right into Marine Sciences entrance, and immediately bear right.  Follow the road to the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences and Endeavour Hall.  You can park your car in the lot between Discovery & Endeavour Halls.  The meeting will take place in 120 Endeavour Hall.

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